E. & J. Gallo Winery Announces Intention to Purchase Central Coast Winery and Crush Facility
Company Buying Courtside Cellars to Meet Growing Demand
MODESTO, Calif. (August 10, 2012) -- – E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today the intention to purchase Courtside Cellars in San Miguel, California. The twelve-year-old winery will support the company’s continued growth in California’s Central Coast. The purchase includes 34 acres of land and a winery capable of crushing 60,000 tons of grapes.
According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division, “We’ve been expanding our presence in the Central Coast over the past few years and consider the region to be a key part of our premium wine strategy moving forward. We are excited to have this highly capable winery to support our Bridlewood and Edna Valley Vineyards businesses.”
Earlier this year, Gallo purchased more than 300 acres of vineyards in Monterey County. Last year, the company purchased Edna Valley Vineyards which produces one of the best-selling Chardonnay brands in the U.S. In 2004, Gallo purchased Bridlewood Estate Winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County.
Bob Schiebelhut, of Courtside Cellars, said, “We will be keeping our San Luis Obispo Facility where we will focus our efforts on building our Tolosa Winery brand into one of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay estates, as well as continue to offer custom wine services.”
San Francisco based Demeter Group was the exclusive financial advisor on the deal which is expected to close next week. The purchase price was not disclosed.
About E. & J. Gallo Winery
Established in 1933 in Modesto, California, by Ernest and Julio Gallo, E. & J. Gallo Winery has become the world's largest winery and the foremost winery in the art of grape growing, winemaking, distribution and marketing of wines. With seven wineries strategically located in California’s wine regions and access to grapes from vineyards in all of the premier grape-growing areas of the state, Gallo produces wines in every category, to suit every taste. Gallo imports wines from eight of the major wine growing countries in the world. Some of the brands in Gallo’s wine portfolio include Gallo Family Vineyards, Barefoot Cellars, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Ranch, Bridlewood, Mirassou Vineyards, Frei Brothers, DaVinci, Martin Codax, Don Miguel Gascon, Ecco Domani, McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate, and William Hill Estate. Recently, the Winery has expanded its portfolio to include distilled spirits with the introduction of New Amsterdam Gin and Familia Camarena Tequila.