Constellation Purchases Napa's Schrader Cellars

Constellation Brands announced its purchase of Napa Valley's cult Cabernet producer Schrader Cellars. The Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio, sourced from the premier vineyards of Napa Valley including the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, is a highly rated American Cabernet Sauvignon lineup. The company did not disclose terms of the transaction.

The agreement includes vineyard sourcing, current inventories and eight Schrader Cabernet Sauvignons.

“The journey for Schrader Cellars and Constellation Brands is just beginning,” said Schrader winemaker Thomas Brown, who will work with the Constellation team and continue to lead all aspects of the winemaking from vineyard to bottle, according to a news release from Constellation.

“Knowing Constellation’s reputation for valuing quality, integrity and customer focus as much as we do, there was no question in my mind that they are the perfect steward of Schrader wines moving forward,” said founder Fred Schrader. “We are impressed by their talented, dedicated team and passionate winemakers. I look forward to working with Constellation to take great care of the wines I’ve dedicated a significant part of my life cultivating.”

Founded in 1998, Schrader Cellars’ namesake wines, Schrader CCS and Schrader Old Sparky, both sourced from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, are the only wines in the history of the Wine Spectator blind tasting program to achieve perfect 100-point scores upon release, noted the press release.

The portfolio also includes Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Schrader GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon, Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Schrader RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Schrader T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and Schrader Colesworthy Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

The limited-production wines are sold direct-to-consumer through a mailing list with an exclusive offering available in fine dining establishments. The collection will join Constellation’s newly established fine wine organization, TRU Estates and Vineyards – a team specialized in servicing luxury wine consumers and customers.

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