E&J Gallo continues its land-buying spree with the recent purchase of one of the most prestigious vineyards. The wine giant paid $180 million for the 1,300-acre property developed in 1995 by Dr. Jan Krupp.
The mountain vineyards that encompass about 600 acres of the property stretches from Pritchard Hill to Atlas Peak. Remarkably, the name graces the labels of about 25 wines and about another 65 producers use its cabernet sauvignon. They include such names as Chateau Montelena, Orin Swift (now owned by Gallo), Caymus, Pahlmeyer, Chappellet, Darioush and Pride Mountain.
In recent years, Gallo has bought Orin Swift, J Vineyard and Souverain along with a number of prime vineyards. Stagecoach Vineyards, however, is a coup. These mountain grapes are among the best and will elevate Gallo's status in the fine wine market.