Our wine importation and distribution company started with my great grandfather, Count Camillo Claretta Assandri, who was my great grandfather from my mother’s side of the family. Camilio was a great businessman who was known all over Europe for his unequal entrepreneur skills. Setting the stage, he was intensely passionate about Champagnes and French wines. At the end of the First World War, my great grandfather called upon friends and families who were historical wine markets and merchants. With their contribution, he was able to imp[ort and distribute great brands in Italy. This was the beginning of the family business Ditta Claretta e co, S.p.A. Count Camilio started to expand business with the help of his friends: Paul Chaudron- Moet who was the owner of Chandon Dom Perigon, Ruinart, and Hanessey from Champagne Schroder family of Schroder & Schyler from Bordeaux – founded in 1763, Dopff family from Alsace, (founded in 1574, and the Drapier family from Bourgone, – founded in the 19th Century). And through this friendship, he started the journey to later well-known wine importation and distribution company in Italy. After this, he dedicated quality time to the business. Thanks to his entrepreneurial acumen, he eventually signed with Ruinart Champagnes, Hennessy Cognac, and many Bordeaux’s Burgundy wines. For several years, the company grew in success and name.
He gained the opportunity to become their sole importer and distributor in Italy. Thanks to his great skills and success, he eventually signed with Ruinart Champagnes, Hennessy Cognac, and many Bordeaux’s and Burgundy wines. For many years, the company nurtured in success and name.
World War II introduced a more disastrous tone for the company, and towards the end of the war, the company was at the brink of shutting down. However, Sir Winston Churchill came to its rescue. We all associate Sir Winston with whiskey but his real love was champagne. On the eve of the Normandy landings, his famous words were:” Remember, gentleman, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” And thanks to his contribution, my great grandfather was able to reopen the business.
He keeps on with the business until Moet Chandon was sold to become a public company. Afterward, he released its distribution rights. And eventually, he decided to shut down Ditta Claretta and retire.
Sheehan Brothers Importers is Ditta Claretta’s child. Born from my great grandfather’s desire, the company is budding into my son’s and mine’s vision of bringing our exceptional and unique products all over the world!
Sheehan and Sons
Sheehan and his sons took the mantle after Ditta Claretta; I will say it all started right from birth after my found love for champagne. Like my great grandfather, we (I and my sons) are passionate about quality wines. We want the rest of the world to have similar opportunities easily. And with this company has experience impeccable growth and spotless uniqueness in the market of wine distributors and importers. To attain the best position among U.S wine importers, we have employed time-tested techniques. We have created a business that is no longer a dream of three men but all employees.