E. & J. GALLO WINERY BUYS EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD & WINERY

6.28.2011

MODESTO, Calif. – June 28, 2011 – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today an agreement to purchase Edna Valley Vineyard from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company and Paragon Vineyard Company, who have held Edna Valley Vineyard in a joint venture. Gallo will continue to partner with Paragon as a source of grapes for the Edna Valley Vineyard wines.

Edna Valley Vineyard produces a range of wines, specializing in Chardonnay. Included in the purchase are the winery, the brand, and 62 acres of which 44 acres are planted in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard and winery are located just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo.

This purchase will expand Gallo’s presence and properties in California’s prestigious Central Coast wine country. In 2004, Gallo purchased the Bridlewood Estate Winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. In 2007, Gallo purchased the William Hill Estate Winery in Napa.

According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division, “Edna Valley will help us expand both our footprint in the Central Coast and in the Chardonnay category. The brand represents wines from a superior appellation and is well positioned to offer consumers wines of extraordinary value long into the future.”

“We are excited to be working with Gallo to continue to grow the world class grapes that provide the foundation for the Edna Valley Vineyard wines” said John R. Niven of Paragon Vineyard Company.

The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About E. & J. Gallo Winery
Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery and the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 90 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, from everyday offerings to boutique, luxury bottlings.

The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 80 unique brands, including Barefoot Cellars, Dark Horse, and Gallo Family Vineyards, as well as premium box wines The Naked Grape and Vin Vault. Premium offerings include Apothic, Carnivor, Columbia Winery, Ecco Domani, Edna Valley Vineyard, J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Mirassou, Souverain, Talbott Vineyards, and William Hill Estate, along with highly acclaimed imports, such as Alamos, Brancaia, La Marca, Las Rocas, Martín Códax, Whitehaven, and LUX Wines, including Allegrini and Pieropan. Gallo Spirits offers New Amsterdam Vodka and Gin and E&J Brandy, in addition to imported Scotch whiskies from Whyte & Mackay, including The Dalmore, Jura Single Malt and John Barr Blended.

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