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Korbel acquires A-B's Master Cellars Winery in California.

Korbel acquires A-B's Master Cellars Winery in California

Bucking the recent trend toward retrenchment in the California wine industry, Sonoma County-based Korbel Champagne Cellars announced the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch's Master Cellars Winery in Di Giorgio, CA. The price of the deal was not disclosed.

The newly-acquired facility will be used to produce Korbel's brandy and will also offer special custom programs for businesses interested in high-proof distillation, custom grape crushing, winemaking, bulk storage of wine and juice, warehousing, and custom pack and packaging.

According to Gary Heck, Korbel's president and owner, the company will be investing heavily over the next 12 months to upgrade the newly-bought winemaking operations.

Anheuser - Busch's Master Cellars, which will be renamed to reflect the new ownership by Korbel, currently operates four stills and has a crush capacity of about 125,000 tons.
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Title Annotation:F. Korbel and Brothers Inc. acquires Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.'s facility
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Nov 25, 1991
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