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Wine Spectator: Taub Family Buys Mendocino’s Saracina, Creating California Home Base

November 8, 2018

The Taub family, owners of Palm Bay International, one of the nation’s leading wine importers, is expanding its presence in California. The family’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brand Heritance has purchased Saracina Vineyards in Mendocino from John Fetzer and his wife, Patty Rock. The deal, which closed in early October, includes a winery, 250 acres of land with 100 acres planted to vines, along with the Saracina brand and its second label Atrea. The sale price was not disclosed.

The deal gives the Taub family an established winery and a foothold in Mendocino. They plan to move production of their Heritance, Au Contraire, and Angry Bunch brands to Saracina’s winemaking facility. Winemaker Alex MacGregor will continue to make the Saracina and Atrea wines.

Marc Taub, CEO of Taub Family Companies, which includes Palm Bay International and Taub Family Selections, had been looking for a home for his growing roster of California brands, and said Saracina provided the right fit. “The estate will become the home base for the production and cellaring of our California wines, and we will develop the property over the long term for strategic growth and expansion,” Taub said.

Saracina produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc from its sustainably farmed estate vineyards and purchased grapes. The winery produces around 7,500 cases of wine annually. The Taub family doesn’t plan to make any change to the Saracina wines but they will add new projects down the road. Fetzer and Rock will no longer be involved in the winery, but they have retained part of the Saracina property, including a residence.

The Taub family now imports and produces nearly 90 wine and spirits brands from 17 countries, with a focus on Italy, where its portfolio includes Cavit, Roscato, Lunetta, Ferrari, Fontanafredda, and Bertani, among many others. Total volume is at approximately 6 million cases, according to Impact Databank. In 2014, Marc turned to California, launching Pinot Noir brand Au Contraire in Sonoma. They later added Heritance, which was founded by wine-industry veterans Bernard Portet and Don Chase. Wine Spectator has more.Augustus Weed

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