E&J Gallo has acquired fellow Californian winery Ledgewood Creek for an undisclosed sum. 

The deal, which completed last week, includes Ledgewood's 400-acre ranch in Suisun Valley, Solano County, next to Napa Valley, plus a winery and tasting room. The site currently has around 230 acres of vineyard. 

A spokesperson for Ledgewood confirmed to just-drinks today (28 April) the transaction had completed. “It's a done deal,” he said. 

Ledgewood Creek, which released its first wines in 2001, produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Mourvèdre, which retail for around $16 per bottle. 

Roger Nabedian, senior VP & Gallo's Premium Wine Division GM said: "This portion of Solano County in the North Coast AVA can produce exceptional wine grapes. This vineyard is a great addition to our portfolio to support the rapid growth we have had in our premium wine business."

There are no immediate plans to operate the Ledgewood Creek Winery or tasting room, Gallo said. 

The property was being marketed by agents Strong & Hayden for a price of US$16.5m. However, terms of the final transaction were not disclosed. 

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