Brown-Forman is lining up the sale of its Paso Robles winery and vineyards in California as part of a streamlining of its wine operations.

At the same time, the US company said it is reorganising its wine production operations in the Mendocino and Sonoma counties in the state.

Speaking yesterday (30 April), Brown-Forman confirmed the sale of the operations, which are currently used to produce Five Rivers red wines. Once the winery and vineyards are sold, the company said it will continue to own the Five Rivers brand trademark and produce and market the wines.

"Our focus for Five Rivers will remain on producing wines reflecting the spirit of the Central Coast," said Brown-Forman senior vice president of Global production, Jim Chiles. "Within our wine making operations, we continue to seek production synergies which will improve the cost structure and profitability of our wine brands while ensuring our wine quality exceeds the expectations of our consumers."

Another part of the reorganisation will see Brown-Forman lay off 24 people in the state, with 14 employees leaving its Hopland winery complex, and another ten losing their jobs at the Sonoma-Cutrer winery in Windsor, California. Eligible employees will be given severance packages and job search assistance, the company said.