E. & J. Gallo announces purchase of historic Sonoma County Winery
MODESTO, Calif. (July 20, 2015) - E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has agreed to purchase the Asti Winery, one of Sonoma County's oldest and largest wineries. Located in the northern part of the Alexander Valley, the Asti Winery was established in 1881 by Italian immigrant Andrea Sbarboro. Known then as Italian Swiss Colony, Asti Winery was communally owned by many local families, producing a variety of wines from numerous local vineyards. Today, the Asti Winery spans more than 500 acres with a winery facility capable of crushing 35,000 tons of grapes.
Gallo already owns twelve wineries strategically located in wine regions throughout California and Washington, and this latest purchase supports the company's desire to have a larger presence in Sonoma County. The acquisition includes the Asti Winery, comprised of 535 total acres within the Alexander Valley, with 275 acres planted to vineyard. Additionally, the purchase includes the Souverain brand, which produces premium Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division, “We are thrilled to add the Asti Winery and vineyards to our North Coast fine wine operations. The property is filled with rich history and is located in a growing wine region that consumers recognize as being among the world's best." He added, "We look forward to bringing the Souverain brand into our expanding premium portfolio, in order to keep pace with growing consumer demand worldwide."
The sale is scheduled to close on July 31, 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
About E. & J. Gallo Winery
Founded in 1933 by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery is a family-owned company and global wine and spirits industry leader. The hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery is their lasting commitment to sustainability and quality, and consistently providing wine and spirits for every occasion. Gallo’s range of offerings includes Apothic, Barefoot Wine, Black Box, J Vineyards and Winery, La Marca Prosecco, Orin Swift, New Amsterdam Vodka, RumChata, High Noon, along with partnerships with esteemed family-owned brands such as Allegrini, Argiano, The Dalmore, Diplomatico, Don Fulano, and Grupo Montenegro.