Founded in Boston in 1933, M.S. Walker is a 5th-generation, family-owned wine and spirits importer and distributor, a spirits bottler, and a national supplier. We serve On-Premise and Off-Premise establishments throughout the Northeast, with direct operations in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island and brokerage operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We represent a budding portfolio of wine and spirits nationwide, including our own brands, and we strive to offer the most prestigious portfolio in the industry.
Founded in Boston in 1933, M.S. Walker is a 5th-generation, family-owned wine and spirits importer and distributor, a spirit bottle, and a national sales and marketing agency. We serve On-Premise and Off-Premise establishments throughout the Northeast, with direct sales operations in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, and brokerage operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We represent a growing portfolio of brands on a National level, including our own bottled goods, and we strive to offer the most prestigious and diverse portfolio in the industry.
In 1929, Maurice S. Walker expanded his local pharmaceutical business into flavorings, extracts and syrups. Officially incorporated in 1931, M.S. Walker initially set up shop in Boston’s South End neighborhood. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the company expanded into the production and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
Future generation’s imagination and creativity began a tradition of ground-breaking conceptual product development and marketing that has continued with each succeeding generation. Through perseverance, salesmanship and hard work, the company has continued to grow nationwide.
M.S. Walker entered the business of fine wine distribution during the “wine boom” of the 1960’s & 1970’s. Growth was focused on small estates and emerging regions, with an emphasis on value. The company successfully introduced its own brands of popular wines, which led to the expansion of the portfolio. Over the years, M.S. Walker has achieved dynamic growth for its wine and spirits portfolio, to be recognized among the most important in the industry.
The strength of both the M.S. Walker Wine and Spirits Portfolio has aided in the development of an extensive brokerage and wholesale network throughout the country.
Throughout the years, M.S. Walker has also acquired several National Brands and companies, including the Overbrook Egg Nog Company in 1985, Seacoast Distillers in 1986, Grapevine Distributors / S.S. Pierce in 1991, Caldwell’s in 1992, Global Horizon Rhode Island Distributorship in 2001, multiple spirit brands from White Rock Distilleries in 2011 and John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey in 2017.
In 2013, M.S. Walker founded MSW NY & NJ. In 2017, the Company relocated corporate headquarters to Norwood, MA and opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art bottling facility in Boston, MA. In 2019, M.S. Walker completed the purchase of Winebow Massachusetts and Winebow Rhode Island, re-branding the former as Boston Wine Company.
M.S. Walker’s steady growth as an independent multi-generational family business has placed the company as one of the three largest distributors in the Northeast. Well into its fifth generation, the Company remains dedicated to building and maintaining strong personal relationships with clients and suppliers around the Globe. M.S. Walker has positioned itself for long-term continued success in the wine and spirits industry by reinvesting in its portfolio, community, and facilities.
Harvey has been an active participant in all phases of the beverage industry’s growth, serving as VP of The Independent Whiskey Association for many years and as a member of the Presidents’ Forum. In addition to his deep spirits industry background, Harvey has extended his leadership qualities to a number community projects and charitable organizations.
Scott is responsible for overseeing all internal operations of the company, from human resources and talent management to warehousing and production, vendor management, and operations. There is not a discipline within the organization that Scott doesn’t touch.
Fine Wine & Treasury
Following his wine studies in France, Doug returned to Boston to develop a fine wine wholesale operation at M.S. Walker, securing an extensive selection of premium wines from around the world. Still overseeing the company’s wine portfolio, Doug has also managed M.S. Walker’s expansion into New York and New Jersey in recent years and also oversees the company’s finances as Treasurer.
Gary took the reins of the company’s Control State business in the late 1980’s and now oversees all aspects of national sales and supplier management. Gary maintains intimate familiarity with the Control State regulation system, along with open states, as the company builds momentum and distribution across the country.