California's Hill Wine Co has filed for bankruptcy with US$8.6m in debts, according to a local report.

The St Helena winery in Napa Valley, whose owner Jeffry Hill is awaiting trial for stealing $65,000 worth of grapes, filed for bankruptcy in April, the Napa Valley Register reported on Friday (20 June). Hill, 35, has been sued a number of times for alleged non-payments, breach of contracts and other allegations, the Register said, citing court records.

He has pleaded not guilty to stealing the grapes and is out on bail, the report added.

This month, Michael Mondavi Family Estates said it had sold its Carneros Napa Valley facility and is set to acquire a new “boutique” facility in the region.