Growth Brand Awards

The Growth Brand Awards have recognized successful beverage alcohol brands since 1997. Growth Brands are divided into four categories (Fast Track, Rising Star, Established Growth Brands and Comeback Brands) for wine and spirits. The winners are announced each year in the summer issue of StateWays.

We’re now collecting sales data for wine and spirits to determine our 2023 winners!

For more information about the Growth Brands program, please contact Manager of Information Services Marina Velez at or 763-383-4412.


The winning brands are determined by the Beverage Information & Insights Group, which tracks case sales throughout the year. All awards are given based on sales the prior calendar year. To be eligible, wine and spirit brands must have met the following criteria:

Rising Stars: Must be less than five years old and have exhibited growth in each year of the brand’s lifetime, reaching at least 20,000 9-liter cases in 2022.

Fast Track: Must have exceeded 100,000 9-liter cases in 2022, averaging double-digit growth over the past three years. The brand must also be at least five years old.

Established Growth Brands: Must be a top seller, moving a minimum of 400,000 9-liter cases annually. It must also have grown in each of the past three years.

Comeback Brands: Previous award winners that have rebounded in sales to at least the previous award-winning level, following a recent decline.

Hall of Fame: Brands that have received at least 15 Growth Brand Awards over the years, in any category.


The following brands have been inducted into our Hall of Fame due to their sustained success and growth:

SPIRITS: Jack Daniel’s, Malibu, Tito’s, Stoli (2022); Evan Williams and Bacardi (2021); Grand Marnier (2020); Juarez Tequila and Jameson (2018); Bombay Sapphire, Hennessy, Patron, Remy Martin, Sauza and Svedka (2017); Burnett’s Vodka, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Maker’s Mark and SKYY (2015)

WINE: Mionetto (2022); Woodbridge (2021); Ruffino (2020); Black Box (2019); Chateau Ste. Michelle (2016); J. Lohr (2015)


For historical Growth Brands information about winners, including our archive of feature stories, photos from receptions and video presentations, visit