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Gallo Buys Sonoma’s J Vineyards, Reports Wine Spectator

March 25, 2015

Wine Spectator reports that E.&J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest wine company, has purchased J Vineyards & Winery, a prominent Sonoma county producer of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The sale includes the brand, the winery, inventory and more than 300 acres of vineyards. The sale price wasn’t disclosed.

“We look forward to carrying on the winery’s reputation of making elegant, luxurious wines,” said Roger Nabedian, general manager of Gallo’s Premium Wine Division, in a statement.

Owner Judy Jordan quietly put the winery on the market more than a year ago, and employees learned of the sale late Monday. Jordan founded J in 1986, with help from her father Tom Jordan, owner of Jordan Winery & Vineyards. She wasn’t available for comment on Tuesday.

J focused exclusively on sparkling wine in the early years, but by 1994 Jordan and her team added Pinot and later Chardonnay. In 1996, the winery took over the former Piper Sonoma winemaking facility south of Healdsburg, and by 1999 Jordan had bought out her father’s 20% share. Today the winery produces 150,000 cases annually, with prices ranging from $15 to $90 a bottle. For more on this story,click here.

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