Following in the wake of Benziger Family Winery and this week’s announcement that E&J Gallo bought Souverain and Asti Winery, another Sonoma County winery has been sold: B.R. Cohn Winery has been sold to Vintage Wine Estates.
The price for sale has not been released.
Vintage Wine Estates is based in Santa Rosa and owns a vast collection of wineries, including Sonoma’s Viansa and Clos Pegase, Cosentino, and Girard.
In a press release, Cohn states that operations at the winery will continue as usual. However, Cohn’s statement about the decline of family wineries in the region is a sad truth:
“Like a number of folks in the Valley who have sold in recent years, it looks like we are at the end of the era of family owned wineries. It is becoming increasingly difficult to compete and grow family-run businesses in this new environment where bigger entities with more resources are taking over.”