E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires Orin Swift
Purchase includes St. Helena tasting room
E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), Modesto, Calif., announced that it has purchased Orin Swift Cellars, Rutherford, Calif.
Founded in 1998 by innovator and winemaker Dave Phinney, Orin Swift has become known for its excellent wines, bold imagery, memorable names and creative labels, the company says.
The acquisition includes the Orin Swift Cellars brand, related inventory and control of the tasting room located in St. Helena. The Napa Valley tasting room, which opened in 2013, will remain open to the public, it adds.
“We are excited to work with Dave Phinney who has a long history of creating memorable and bold brands,” said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president and general manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division, in a statement. “His winemaking expertise yields consistent high scores by top publications, and we are thrilled that he will continue to provide creative and winemaking direction for these brands in the future. This purchase supports the company's strategy for continued growth in the luxury wine segment."
Phinney added: "I've known and done business with the Gallo family for over a decade, and it makes me very proud that a company that I have such a deep respect for will become the steward of the brand that bears my family's name. I'm looking forward to a long and productive relationship where together we can propel Orin Swift Cellars to even greater heights."
Zepponi & Co. served as the exclusive financial adviser to Orin Swift Cellars. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.