Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information (USD $)
6 Months Ended
Aug. 31, 2011
Aug. 31, 2010
Sep. 30, 2011
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Sep. 30, 2011
Class 1 Common Stock
Sep. 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 Aug. 31, 2011
Amendment Flag false        
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012        
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2        
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-29        
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     178,838,531 11,633 23,589,202