The Altria group of companies has a strong American heritage stretching back to the 1800’s, with the creation of Phillip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of distinctive estate wineries whose vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world. The companies that eventually became Ste. Michelle were among the first to make wines and plant classic vinifera varieties in the state of Washington. Today, Ste. Michelle ranks among the top 10 producers of premium wines in the U.S. In 2013, Ste. Michelle produced or represented 221 wines. Columbia Crest, Col Solare, 14 Hands, Stimson Estate Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle are just a few of their labels.