MODESTO - E. & J. Gallo Winery plans to purchase Courtside Cellars of San Miguel, California, the company announced today.
"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,” said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president and general manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. We are excited to have this highly capable winery to support our Bridlewood and Edna Valley Vineyards businesses."
Included in the purchase is 34 acres of land and a winery that can crush 60,000 tons of grapes.
Courtside Cellars is 12-year-old winery and will support Gallo’s growth in California's Central Coast. 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.
Gallo was established in 1933 by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo. The company said it has since become the world's largest winery and the foremost winery in the art of grape growing, winemaking, distribution and marketing of wines.