Constellation Pouring $20 Million Into Boosting California Wine CapacitySeptember 26, 2013
Constellation Brands has announced a major investment across its California wine business to boost capacity amid rising demand. The $20 million outlay will see the company expand its growing, crushing, fermenting, storing and bottling capacities across multiple wineries.
Included in the investment is the purchase or lease of 750 acres of additional land in the Lodi Delta area of San Joaquin County to plant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and some Cabernet Sauvignon for brands like Mark West, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Private Selection and Clos du Bois. Constellation is also investing in a tank expansion project at its Gonzales winery in Monterey County that will increase its Central Coast crushing capacity from 70,000 tons to 80,000 tons.
In addition, Constellation’s Turner Road Vintners winery in San Joaquin County is adding 7,000 tons of crushing capacity and 1.5 million gallons of storage capacity, and installing a new Tetra Pak bottling line for the Vendange brand. Meanwhile, Clos du Bois winery in Sonoma County is installing over 1 million gallons of stainless steel tanks, Mission Bell Winery in Madera County is adding a bag-in-box bottling line to increase capacity by 50 percent to meet growing demand for Black Box, and Woodbridge in San Joaquin County is converting one bottling line to expand production in the 187-ml. PET bottle category for the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi brand.
Most of the upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The news comes as California vintners are scrambling for additional tank space to accommodate wine from 2012’s bumper crop and 2013’s expected strong vintage.