Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.
Vineyard acreage expands in Sonoma
The number of acres planted with grapevines grew slightly in Sonoma County last year, according to the California Grape Acreage Report released by the state government on Tuesday.
The number of planted acres in Sonoma County increased to 58,874 acres in 2012, up from 58,726 in 2011. In Napa County, the acreage grew slightly to 45,830 in 2012, up from 45,801 in 2011.
Vineyard acreage also grew slightly in Lake County, which had 8,391 acres last year, and Mendocino County, which had 17,340 planted acres last year.
Statewide, the total acreage of wine grapes fell to 478,409 acres in 2012, down from 480,321 acres in 2011.
Vineyards of red grapes continued to outnumber white grapes around the North Coast and statewide.
Bacchus Capital invests in Calistoga winery
Bacchus Capital Management, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, announced an investment in Calistoga-based Madrigal Family Winery. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Winemaker Ed Sbragia of Sbragia Family Vineyards will become Madrigal’s consulting winemaster, and Steve Cousins, also of Sbragia, will assume the role of chief operating officer, Bacchus said in a news release.
“The growth capital from Bacchus provides Madrigal with the resources we need to effectively build our brand and grow our business,” Chris Madrigal, president of Madrigal Family Winery, said in a statement.
Bacchus also has invested in Sbragia Family Vineyards, Andretti Winery and Qupé, among others.
New members join Wine Institute
The Wine Institute Board of Directors elected 11 winery members and one associate member at its spring board meeting in Sacramento.
The new members include Biagio Wine Company, San Luis Obispo; Caspar Wine, St. Helena; Chamisal Vineyards, owned by Crimson Wine Company, San Luis Obispo; Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel; Fifty Barrels Winery, Oceanside; Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Santa Rosa; Laura Michaels Wines, Calistoga; Pine Ridge Winery, also owned by Crimson, Napa; St. Bartholomew Cellars, Napa; Seghesio Family Vineyards, owned by Crimson, Healdsburg; and Sierra Roble Winery & Vineyard, in San Diego County.
The new associate member is Amazon Services LLC, based in Seattle, WA.
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