Viticulture briefs: Constellation Brands raises ownership stake in cannabis company

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


Constellation Brands raises stake in cannabis company

Constellation Brands Inc. has increased its ownership stake in an Canadian medicinal cannabis provider from 10 percent to 38 percent.

The Victor, New York company — which owns such local wineries as Clos du Bois in Geyserville, Simi Winery in Healdsburg and Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa — on Tuesday made the $4 billion investment into Canopy Growth Corp.

Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands has said his company would not be complacent in the emerging market, though regulatory hurdles have prohibited wine companies and breweries from entering the market as they could lose their federal license to sell alcohol.

Canada represents an easier market to penetrate as recreational use will become legal on Oct. 17.

“Over the past year, we’ve come to better understand the cannabis market, the tremendous growth opportunity it presents, and Canopy’s market-leading capabilities in this space. We look forward to supporting Canopy as they extend their recognized global leadership position in the medical and recreational cannabis space,” Sands said in a statement.


New tasting room opens in Healdsburg

Lioco Wine Co. will open its new tasting room in Healdsburg just off the city square on Monday.

The 1,300-square-foot space is located at 125 Matheson St., formerly occupied by Topel Winery. The building has been completely renovated with a contemporary California-coastal design by Paige Pierce Design. The venue offers multiple seating options, including a 10 person L-shaped bar; a low-slung banquet room with seating for 10 abutting windows that open up to the street; two high-rounds with a “cat-bird” view of the space; and a private room with its own vintage turntable and collection of vinyl records.


TV ad campaign features local winemakers

The Portuguese Cork Association has started a local TV advertising campaign promoting the virtues of cork capsules with local winemakers.

The ads will run for the next month in Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa. The channels include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Food Network and HGTV.

The winemakers include Corey Beck of Francis Ford Coppola Winery; Maggie Kruse of Jordan Winery; Katie Madigan of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards; Richie Allen of Rombauer Vineyards; and Tim Bell of Dry Creek Vineyard.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to

Show Comment

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine