The Top 100 Vineyard Owners in Napa Valley (#1 & #2)
December 01, 2017
At 45,000 acres of vines, Napa Valley is essentially planted out, creating a highly competitive environment for land and grapes. As a result, vineyard prices continue to rise but not enough to slow interest in purchasing these properties, and the news of vineyard sales breaks unabated. Keeping track of who owns what in the Napa Valley is not so simple, but Wine Business Monthly has pulled together a list of the top 100 vineyard owners in the region and published it in our December 2017 issue.
To preview the full article coming out this Friday, we will be counting down the Top Vineyard Owners, releasing two each day. Today we are releasing #1 & #2. To see #3 & #4, click here. To see #5 & #6, click here. To see #7 and #8, click here. To see #9 and #10, click here.
2. TIAA/Silverado Investment Management Co.: 2,500 acres
TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services company based in New York City, is estimated to be the second-biggest grape grower in Napa County. Its divisions include Napa-based Silverado Investment Management Co. Its holdings include vineyards in on the Napa Valley floor and on the outskirts of Napa County, including Pope Valley.
Silverado Investment Management Co. (SIMCO) owns about 2,500 acres in Napa County. That figures fluctuates as the company sells, buys and plants vineyards. SIMCO’s umbrella company is the pension fund, TIAA.
1. Treasury Wine Estates: 3,416* acres
Among the biggest grape growers in Napa County are well-known publicly-traded corporations like Treasury Wine Estates and family-owned companies such as Trefethen Family Vineyards. Treasury Wine Estates Limited – a publicly-traded company based in Australia, farms the most vineyard. However, it only owns a fraction of the land in Napa County. Its winery holdings in Napa County include Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyard, Etude, Provenance, Sterling and Stags Leap.
Treasury farms about 3,416 acres in Napa County; all but 12 percent are leased. Its largest ranch, Gamble Ranch, a property with more than 520 acres of planted vineyards, is leased from the Gamble family. In June, the company sold 121 acres in Carneros.
Note: The list of top vineyard owners by planted acreage was compiled through public records, queries to vineyard owners and through our proprietary database. The top 100 vineyard owners account for roughly 28,000 of Napa’s planted acres while approximately 1,300 growers in Napa Valley farm 1 acre of grapes or more, according to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. (An asterisk denotes leased lands are included in the total, as they are long-term leases.)