Gallo Gets Bigger; Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Is Sold

    E. & J. Gallo Winery and Beam  Wine Estates have announced a definitive agreement for Gallo to purchase Napa-based William Hill Estate from BWE, expanding Gallo’s properties in California’s North Coast wine country.

     According to Wine Business.com, the purchase of William Hill Estate includes the Silverado Trail winery with its 145-acre Silverado Bench vineyard just east of the Napa River. William Hill produces a range of wines, specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

     Gallo recently announced the purchase of another 182 acres of prime vineyards in Chiles Valley in the Vaca Mountains in Napa Valley. In 2002, Gallo purchased the historic Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena.

     Meanwhile, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, one of the world’s most highly regarded winery estates, is being acquired by the joint venture partnership of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates of Washington State and Marchese Piero Antinori of Italy.

     The sale includes the estate’s acclaimed brand, Napa Valley winery, and its signature Napa Valley estate vineyards, S.L.V. and Fay. The Winiarski family said it looks forward to continued grape growing, and will retain its Arcadia property to furnish grapes for the winery’s estate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

     Warren Winiarski, the founding winemaker, also will remain in an advisory role for three years.

     The Winiarski family’s decision to transfer its legacy to the Ste. Michelle and Antinori partnership is said to be rooted in the land. After careful consideration of possibilities, the family identified Ste. Michelle Wine Estates-Antinori as ideal stewards of its brand and property.

     “Ted and Piero appreciate the unique, terroir-based characteristics of this estate, so loved by our family,” said Winiarski, “and they understand its pivotal importance to Napa Valley’s history, and its future. This visionary alliance provides the assurance that the wines will continue to excel as they express the beauty of the land.”

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