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Napa wineries being sold left and right for big bucks

by TrevR on July 31, 2007

News if flying this week about Napa Valley wineries being sold for big chunks of money–continuing a trend that’s been going on for quite some time.

The venerable Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars–the Stag’s Leap District winery made famous by Warren Winiarski–announced that it has agreed to sell to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori for some $185 million. Reuters has the details here. According to a press release announcing the deal, Winiarski will “remain in an advisory role for three years.”

Also today, Duckhorn Wine Company, which owns Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx and Goldeneye Winery, has also reportedly agreed to sell a controlling share to GI Partners, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed–here’s hoping the new ownership doesn’t make too many changes to Paraduxx, we love that place.

Finally, earlier this week E&J Gallo announced it was buying Napa’s William Hill Estate as part of its continued expansion into the Napa Valley.

Never a dull moment!

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Duckhorn Winery, Duckhorn Wine Company, Paraduxx, E&J Gallo, William Hill Estate]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • Annie

    I find this a bit scary, not shocking of course, just scary. Please tell me there are still numerous wineries of all sizes still holding on tight to their business and, in effect, identity…

  • Annie

    I find this a bit scary, not shocking of course, just scary. Please tell me there are still numerous wineries of all sizes still holding on tight to their business and, in effect, identity…

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