Constellation Brands, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and The Huneeus Family have extended their share offer to acquire Chalone Wine Group. The group, which filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, have extended the offer to 31 July. The US$9.25 a share offer was initially scheduled to close on Wednesday (30 June).

All other terms of the offer remain the same.

Earlier this week, Phyllis Hojel, whose family controls 18.4% of Chalone, made a regulatory filing through a holding company, HM International Inc., that said she might engage in talks with other parties about a venture that would include Chalone or the sale of all or part of the business.

Hojel added that she might not support the Constellation-Rothschild deal if an alternative transaction appeared more attractive.