E. & J. Gallo announces purchase of Napa Winery


MODESTO, CA (December 16, 2015) - E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has agreed to purchase The Ranch Winery, a custom crush winery specializing in both small and large scale production in St. Helena, California. Located within 15 miles of Gallo’s Louis M. Martini and William Hill wineries, The Ranch Winery sits between Highway 29 and the SilveradoTrail, making it an ideal location. The property spans more than 70 acres, with a winery facility capable of crushing 30,000 tons of grapes.

In addition to the crush capacity, the acquisition includes 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and approximately 8 million gallons of storage. Gallo already owns fourteen wineries strategically located in wine regions throughout California and Washington, and this latest purchase supports the company’s desire to have additional premium and luxury capacity in the Napa Valley. As part of the agreement, Gallo will honor all contracts with existing Ranch Winery customers.

According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division, “We are excited to have this highly capable winery in close proximity to our other Napa wineries. This purchase supports the company’s continued growth in the super premium and luxury wine segment.” He added, “We look forward to integrating The Ranch Winery into our premium wine strategy and working with the existing customers.”

Demeter Group, a San Francisco-based investment bank for beverage alcohol companies, acted as The Ranch Winery’s exclusive financial advisor on the transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is scheduled to close on December 31, 2015.

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.

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