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Andretti Winery Closing Winery on Big Ranch Rd in Napa

Relocation Plans Pending
by Kerana Todorov
March 23, 2021

 

Andretti Winery will close its Napa Valley winery on Thursday, according to a public message posted on Facebook. 

The company said it has decided not to extend its lease of its site on Big Ranch Road. The Oak Knoll winery also stressed in its message that customers will “always be able to order” wine online on the company’s website.

“This isn’t ‘goodbye,” this is ‘we’ll see you later’…at our future location!,” the message read. However, no new sites have been announced.

Andretti and co-founder Joe Antonini, former CEO of Kmart Corp., who started the winery in 1996, could not be reached to comment on the decision to leave the Tuscan-style winery on the edge of the Napa. 

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Monday said it has not received a request to transfer its license to another location, according to the agency. The agency also has not received a request to either surrender or cancel the winery’s license which is active through June 30. 

It is unclear who will next occupy the winery site. An entity owned by the Laird family is the listed owner, according to county records. A representative for the Laird family could not be reached to comment on the imminent change on the property.

Bacchus Capital Management in 2011 announced it was investing capital into Andretti Winery. The winery is no longer part of the Bacchus’ portfolio.

On Monday, customers continued to stop by the winery, where shirts and other souvenirs were 75 percent off.

Danielly Ludwig, tasting room supervisor, was busy pouring wine to customers. Ludwig enjoyed her co-workers at the winery.  

“For me, it’s like a family,” she said of her colleagues. Still, she said something good will come out of this. She starts a nursing assistant job on Friday, she said before pouring Chardonnay to a customer.

Andretti, who is based in Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, remains involved in a number of businesses, according to his website. The Andretti Group, which includes son Michael Andretti, owns a network of gas stations on the West coast. In January, the company announced it would install hydrogen fueling stations at its California sites, according to news reports.


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