Wine industry consolidation has continued at a rapid pace in the last 2 years. Over 80% of Sonoma and Napa wineries are now corporate entities and profits go out of our area.
BRANDS OWNED BY BIG, CORPORATE WINERIES: A MASTER LIST TO SEE IF A BRAND IS INDEPENDENT OR PART OF A BIG, HULKING WINERY — SECOND HALF 2018 UPDATE
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My second 2018 update to the master list, which answers the question:
How do I know if the brand I like is made from an independent winery or a big hulking winery?
You should be requesting this! These wineries dominate U.S. domestic production and if you’re looking to support smaller operations, you may want to read this and keep it handy. This most recent list, like the one before, includes the big producers in the United States (sorry international friends, I don’t have info on brands outside the US but I know the industry is far more fragmented in other parts of the world): Chateau Ste. Michelle, Concha y Toro, Constellation Wines, Delicato, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, E&J Gallo Winery, Jackson Family Wines (Kendall-Jackson), Treasury Wine Estates, Trinchero, and The Wine Group.
Why these specific companies and not others? It’s taken from the top companies on the Wine Business Monthly’s top 30 wine companies 2018. I’ve omitted one behemoth — Bronco Wine — because their high standing on the list comes from the ownership of 2 Buck Chuck. Although they own some brands you’ll recognize — Cass Vineyard, Crane Lake, Niner, Red Truck, Rosenblum, for examples — most of their brands are obscure. If you want me to include them next time, let me know (it’s another 50 brands!).
The list below was taken directly from these companies’ corporate sites — I didn’t just pull it out of my a$$. It’s in alphabetical order by brand and now fully sort-able and searchable. Go nuts.
I bet more than a few of you will be surprised…