Krupp Brothers buy Napa Valley winery

Krupp Brothers of Napa has purchased Kitchak Cellars, a boutique winery off Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley.

The purchase includes a 20-acre estate, a Tuscan-style stone winery, tasting rooms and 10-acre vineyard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Proprietor Jan Krupp earlier this year sold his 600-acre Stagecoach Vineyard to E&J Gallo Winery and used proceeds from the sale for the Kitchak purchase, giving his brand its first winemaking facility. He founded his label in 1999.

“The advantage of having your own winery estate is that we have complete control over every step, from the vineyard to the bottling including tank availability and complete flexibility over timing of when to press the grapes from the skins,” Krupp said in a statement.

Tours and tastings will start on May 20.


Trinchero partners with Neyers Vineyards

Trinchero Family Estates, the fourth-largest wine company in the country, has entered into a partnership with Neyers Vineyards in St. Helena.

Under the partnership, Neyers winemaker Tadeo Borchardt will continue to produce wines that are rooted in an old-world style while Trinchero will bring its marketing and distribution heft to the portfolio.

Bruce and Barbara Neyers founded Neyers Vineyards in 1992. Its wines are made at its Sage Canyon winery and typically retail from $25 to $100 a bottle. Trinchero, based in St. Helena, has acquired two other Napa-based wineries in the last year: Mason Cellars and Ziata.


Ross to deliver keynote at Napa wine conference

California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Vineyard Economics Seminar on May 24 at the Napa Valley Marriott.

Ross, former president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, will speak about the future of the multibillion-dollar industry, especially in areas such as sustainability.

Nat DiBuduo, president of Allied Grape Growers, and John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, will also give presentations. The event is sponsored by the Wine Industry Symposium Group, a subsidiary of Wine Business Monthly.

For more information, visit the event’s website at

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