A California winery is up for sale, after struggling to generate traffic at its tasting room. Lake Sonoma Winery, owned by F. Korbel & Brothers, is for sale, in spite of an increase in production, from 4,000 cases when it was bought in 1995, to 17,000 last year.

Korbel will retain the Lake Sonoma brand, however, and will continue to produce the wines at other facilities in Sonoma County, California.

Speaking to local paper The Press Democrat, Korbel's owner, Gary Heck, said: "We just got no foot traffic (at the tasting room). It's just too far away."

The wines, which include Russian River Chardonnay, Dry Creek Fume Blanc, Dry Creek Zinfandel, and Alexander Valley Cabernet, retail for between US$16 and US$24, the paper noted.

The property has yet to be listed for sale, and is currently being sold only through word of mouth, Heck told the paper, although he declined to state an asking price for the winery.

Korbel & Brothers is the fourth-largest wine producer in Sonoma County, the paper noted.