Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2011
Dec. 31, 2011
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Dec. 31, 2011
Class 1 Common Stock [Member]
Dec. 31, 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 Nov. 30, 2011      
Amendment Flag false      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012      
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-29      
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   176,087,973 11,500 23,578,116