Consumer Products + Manufacturing

Wine

Experience

  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Easements and Access Litigation

Represent Miller Family on Sale of The Silverado Vineyards

Represented the Miller family on the sale of Napa Valley luxury wine producer The Silverado Vineyards to Foley Family Wines. The sale included a 73,000-square-foot winery and 300 acres of vineyards across Napa’s Stags Leap District, Coombsville, and Yountville wine regions.

ACE Cider Sale to Vintage Wine Estate

Represented ACE Cider, The California Cider Company, the top independently owned hard cider brand in the U.S., in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.

Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards

Represented Napa Valley luxury wine producer Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards in its acquisition of the Provenance Vineyards real estate in Rutherford, Calif. from Treasury Wine Estates. Far Niente purchased the property as the new home for its Bella Union brand. Farella also advised Far Niente on the concurrent sale of the Provenance brand and inventory to Lodi, Calif.'s Thomas Allen Vineyard & Wines.

Diamond Creek Winery

Represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison Louis Roederer.

Valley of the Moon Winery

Represented the Bundschu Company in its acquisition of the 60 acre winery and vineyard property at the historic Rancho Agua Caliente in Glen Ellen, California in Sonoma Valley, the current home of the Valley of the Moon Winery.

First Republic Bank

We assist First Republic Bank with structuring, drafting and negotiating loan documents for its individual and business clients for business acquisition loans, real estate acquisition loans, short and long term real estate term loans, equity and accounts receivable secured personal and commercial lines of credit, real estate construction loans and loans for buy-outs and recapitalizations.

Silicon Valley Bank

We assist Silicon Valley Bank’s premium wine banking group with structuring, drafting and negotiating loan documents for its winery clients in connection with vineyard and winery acquisition and development loans, short and long term real estate term loans, inventory and accounts receivable secured working capital lines of credit, winery construction loans and loans for buy-outs and recapitalizations.

Talbott Vineyards

Represented Talbott Vineyards in its sale to E&J Gallo.

Sale of Mulderbosch Winery

Represented Terroir Capital LLC in its sale of renowned Mulderbosch winery in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region to Third Leaf Wines. The deal included the brand, winery, and 136 acres of vineyards.

Treasury Wine Estates on Sale of St. Clement

Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its sale of the St. Clement winery to Huneeus Vintners.

Sale of Central Coast California Blossom Hill Winery

Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its sale of Central Coast California Blossom Hill Winery to Delicato Family Vineyards.

Sale of 7 Deadly Wine Brand

Represented Michael David Winery in the sale of its 7 Deadly Lodi Zinfandel brand to The Wine Group. The sale included 7 Deadly Zins, the #1 Zinfandel brand in the United States, and 7 Deadly Red.

Kosta Browne Winery

Represented Kosta Browne Winery in its acquisition of premium California coastal vineyards in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley.

Duckhorn Wine Company

Represented Duckhorn Wine Company on diligence matters relating to its acquisition of Kosta Browne Winery.

Fetzer Vineyards

Represented Fetzer Vineyards in its acquisition of the Excelsior Wine Company collection. The addition to its portfolio of the Excelsior collection positions Fetzer Vineyards as the nation’s leading supplier of South American wines and as the 12th largest wine marketer in the United States.

Anchor Distilling Company

Representation of founder of Anchor Distilling Company in connection with redemptions by Anchor following sale of Anchor Brewing and follow on representation in the establishment of San Francisco-based distilling venture with Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Michael David Winery

Represented Lodi-based Michael David Winery in its purchase of a historic Geyserville winery, tasting room and vineyards from Silver Oak Cellars.

People v. MJA Vineyards, LLC

Representing a Napa vineyard owner in a code violations case for building a wine cave without a permit. Negotiated a favorable civil settlement and avoided criminal charges.

Calera Wine Company

Represented Calera Wine Company in its sale to Duckhorn Wine Company.

Ovid Winery

Represented Napa cult winery Ovid in its sale to the owners of Napa Valley’s Silver Oak and Twomey wineries.

Acquisition of WineBid, Inc.

Represented an investment group led by Third Leaf Partners in its acquisition of WineBid, Inc., the largest online auction for fine and rare wines.

Sale of The Prisoner Wine Company

Represented fine wine company Huneeus Vintners in the sale of The Prisoner Wine Company’s portfolio of brands to Constellation Brands, Inc.

Hop Kiln Winery Acquisition

Serves as outside general counsel for and represented Justin Vineyard & Winery, a subsidiary of The Wonderful Company, in the acquisition of Sonoma’s Hop Kiln Winery in Healdsburg, California. The Hop Kiln Winery is one of the most historically significant agricultural buildings in Sonoma County and had fallen into disrepair under previous ownership. Farella assisted with the acquisition of the property and now leads a team of consultants with expertise in historic rehabilitation. The team was successful in obtaining permission to perform a seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of the historic kiln structure and in obtaining a pending use permit that will allow the owners to move forward with a complete remodel of the interior of the hop kiln structure, as well as the construction of a new winery production facility on the site. 

Topete v. Treasury Wines

Defended Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company in a putative class action by all current and former non-exempt employees who worked for the company in California from 2011 through 2016. Plaintiffs alleged Treasury failed to include all non-discretionary incentive pay in the regular rate of pay for overtime purposes; failed to provide second meal periods to its non-exempt employees on shifts over 10 hours; implemented an uneven time-rounding practice; and failed to maintain and issue accurate payroll records. Civil penalties were sought under the Private Attorneys General Act. Without formal discovery, we reached an early mediated resolution of all claims minimizing litigation costs for our client.

Advise Terroir Capital on Sale of Qupé

Represented Terroir Capital LLC in its sale of the Qupé wine brand and inventory to Vintage Wine Estates.

Circle S Ranch Acquisition

Represented the Read family in its acquisition of Napa’s Circle S Ranch.

Tesseron Vineyards

Represented Tesseron Vineyards, a subsidiary of Chateau Pontet-Canet, in its acquisition of the Robin Williams vineyard estate.

O'Neill Vintners & Distillers

Represented O'Neill Vintners & Distillers in its acquisition of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles.

Kenwood Winery Acquisition

Represented Pernod Ricard in its acquisition of the Kenwood Winery.

Stony Hill Vineyard

Represented Stony Hill Vineyard in its sale to Long Meadow Ranch.

Firm Highlights

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Reporting Dispute Claims Within Closely Held Wineries

Many wineries operate as closely held companies, meaning they’re owned by an individual or small group of shareholders, who are often members of the same family. Disputes regarding ownership interests can arise, particularly when directors...

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A Summary of New Laws Coming for California Employers in 2024

In 2023, California has adopted several new employment laws either introducing new employee protections or codifying existing practices into state law. With these changes, employers will need to examine and adjust some of their...

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Building a Wine Brand With Dana Sexton Vivier

Today's guest will share her experience buying, building, and developing wine businesses. Currently the chief financial officer of Far Niente Wines, which also owns the Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union, and EnRoute wine labels...

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News

Farella 2024 Partner Elevations: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of two lawyers to partnership effective Jan. 1: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint. “We are thrilled to elevate Cynthia and...

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Add Value to Your Winery by Monetizing Land Use Entitlements

With today’s emphasis on increasing the bottom line of winery businesses, winery owners often overlook a simple strategy for increasing their revenue and the value of their investment: the land use entitlements process. Wineries...

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An Inspiring Multi-Generational Story With Olav Goelet

Today’s guest on  Uncorked , with host Farella Partner Richard Van Duzer, will share the inspiring story of a renowned multi-generational Stags Leap District winery – how and where it started, what changes it’s...

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Life Is Too Short for Bad Wine Distribution Agreements: 10 Key Considerations

If you are like most wine brands, DTC through your tasting room, club, and website can only take you so far. Success usually means accessing the general on- and off-premise markets, and accessing those...

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Steps for the Long-term Success of Your Brand & Business

Family wineries face certain common issues when it comes to succession planning, and there are steps you can take to help ensure the longevity and success of your brand and business. Step 1 &ndash...

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News

Farella Advises K.R. Rombauer in Sale of Rombauer Vineyards

Farella Braun + Martel represented K.R. Rombauer III, a principal owner of Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards, in the sale of the company to E. & J. Gallo’s Luxury Wine Group. E. & J. Gallo’s...

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Regulatory Changes Underway To Address Dwindling California Property Insurance Market

We keep hearing about how difficult it is for our clients to get property insurance these days, both for homes and businesses in Northern California’s wildfire-prone areas. Which, of course, is most of Northern...

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