Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information (USD $)
3 Months Ended
May 31, 2011
Aug. 31, 2010
Jun. 30, 2011
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Jun. 30, 2011
Class 1 Common Stock [member]
Jun. 30, 2011
Class B Convertible Common Stock [Member]
Entity Registrant Name CONSTELLATION BRANDS, INC.        
Entity Central Index Key 0000016918        
Document Type 10-Q        
Document Period End Date May 31, 2011
Amendment Flag false        
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012        
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1        
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-28        
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes        
Entity Voluntary Filers No        
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes        
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer        
Entity Public Float   $ 2,998,865,745      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding     190,843,144 11,596 23,595,558