About Martignetti Companies

Martignetti Companies is the leading distributor of wines & spirits in New England and the sixth largest distributor in the United States.

Our Massachusetts sales teams are  organized into selling divisions focused on their respective suppliers. These include Century, United, Connoisseur, Excel On-Premise, Carolina, Classic, Commonwealth and Strategic Accounts divisions. The Company currently operates in six New England states: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 


Each day we seek to operate with integrity, transparency and a dedicated work ethic in support of all our restaurant and retail customers. We strive to be socially responsible citizens by utilizing sustainable resources and contributing to the betterment of our society through volunteerism and philanthropic work.

Our core beliefs focus on providing best in class services and benefits to our customers, suppliers, employees and the community.

Customers: We focus on building strong relationships by providing consistent, reliable, value added services to our on and off-premise customers. As our customer, you are our priority and we pledge every day to earn the right to serve you.

Suppliers: We develop strong, long-term relationships with our suppliers to maximize the value of their portfolios for our customers and consumers. We strive to actively build sustainable brands in all beverage alcohol categories.

Employees: Employees are a vital component in our company's success. Our company culture fosters trust, open communication, personal growth, creativity and safety. We recognize and reward employees based on their performance in fulfillment of our mission and beliefs. Should you wish to learn more about employment and benefits at Martignetti Companies, please visit our careers page.

Community: Martignetti Companies and our employees actively engage in our community and beyond to support and promote responsible use of our products and a better quality of life.


Martignetti Companies began as a family-owned grocery business in Boston’s North End. Upon the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the Martignetti family received the very first beverage alcohol retail license issued in Massachusetts. Through the years, the retail business included wine and spirits shops across the Boston metro area.

In the 1970’s, the family expanded the distribution and wholesale business, focusing on fine wines. Through organic growth, new supplier portfolio  appointments and well executed acquisitions, the distribution side of Martignetti Companies flourished. The Martignetti portfolio has now grown to encompass the broadest selection of fine wines and spirits in the marketplace, from unique artisanal producers to global leading suppliers.

Now in its third generation of ownership by the Martignetti family, Martignetti Companies is firmly committed to enhancing long-term partnerships with customers and suppliers by continuing to invest in personnel, skills and technologies ensuring the highest quality service and brand building capabilities.

Historical Timeline

1908 – Established Grocery Business

1933 – Repeal of Prohibition, issuance of 1st alcohol retail license in the city of Boston to Martignetti Grocery, and the formation of the Martignetti (Carolina) distribution/wholesale company  

1986 – Carmine and Carl Martignetti assume control of the family business

1991 – Acquired distributor Chas. Gilman & Sons

1992 – Acquired Pastene Wine Company

1993 – Acquired Jet Wine & Spirits, establishing Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont

1994 – Acquired Silenus Wine Company

1998 – Established Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island, which created a 5-state, regional New England Sales Organization

1999 – Constructed new company headquarters in Norwood, MA with a 325,000 sq/ft fully temperature-controlled warehouse

2000 – Acquired Classic Wine Imports

2004 – Appointed exclusive spirits distributor in Maine

2006 – Acquired United Liquors and Braintree facilities, greatly expanding the company’s spirits and wine offerings and doubling warehouse space to 850,000 sq/ft of space

2008 – Formed partnership with the Mancini family - Rhode Island Distributing

2009 – Acquired Commonwealth Wine & Spirits, bringing the E&J Gallo portfolio and other select fine wines and spirits to the company

2014 – Maine spirits contract expires, re-established three state business in northern New England

2015 – Acquired Vision Wine & Spirits with import operations in 42 states

2016 – Constructed a State-of-the-Art, LEED Certified Martignetti Companies Headquarters in Taunton, MA, consolidating all office, sales and warehouse personnel into one location

2017 – After 84 years in the retail business, a strategic decision was made to close the final Martignetti store, in order to focus solely on meeting the needs of retail and restaurant customers through our distribution services