Ackley Beverage Group is a family investment company based in Seattle that provides financial and professional resources to partners in the Northwest wine industry. With a deep appreciation for the world-class wine produced in Oregon and Washington, we are dedicated to supporting premium artisanal brands throughout the Northwest.
Our team has over 50 collective years of hands-on experience in the Northwest wine industry. In addition to capital, we provide professional support in management, operations, sales and marketing. The extensive wine industry experience combined with sufficient capital creates a winning formula for our family of companies to further their success.
We have a deep respect for the superior winemaking and growing regions of Washington and Oregon. We also understand the hard work and passion needed to craft exceptional wine and build a notable brand. When we partner, we are committed to the existing practices that have worked, while providing additional tools for the winery to reach its greatest potential.
We maintain that great business is rooted in culture and collaboration. We enter our partnerships with an innate desire to build something great as a team. We believe in and honor the continuity and stewardship of a winery’s unique legacy, providing the necessary resources to enhance the established brand equity and existing quality.
All of this helps achieve a stable business platform providing an environment where the existing team can excel at their craft, manifest their talent and preserve the legacy. We look for long term investment and staying power in everything we do.
We are developing a family of premium wineries and vineyards throughout the Northwest. Here are a few of the curbstones used to evaluate opportunities.
Case Volume. We desire case volume of winery partners to range from 5,000 to 100,000. When a winery profiles well against other criteria, this scale is of lesser importance. Case volumes less than 5,000 are considered when they are especially collaborative with existing portfolio companies.
Headquarters and Markets. We prefer that potential winery partners are located in either Washington or Oregon. Distribution and significant markets can be national or international.
Other Criteria. Some of the other benchmarks include:
- Meaningful brand market share
- Positive reputation of company and product
- Owned land, vineyards and facilities
- Strong DtC relationships and momentum
- Key team members in the industry
- Great culture in the existing team
We find that wineries receive the greatest value when they can benefit from our in-house expertise and capital to grow in a resource-intensive industry.
We provide a great succession opportunity for established winemakers and proprietors that are ready to pass the reigns while maintaining partial to the legacy they’ve built. We seek return on investments through earnings, rather than an exit strategy, and are in it for the long-term benefit of all involved.
When we partner with a winery or vineyard, we are committed to supporting the existing practices that have worked, while providing additional tools to help the winery reach its greatest potential.
We are a seasoned executive team with unique skills and capabilities and a can-do attitude.
Sales and Marketing Director
Sales Director Northwest
Sales Director Northeast
Sales Director Southeast
Sales Director Southwest
Principal of Ackley Capital
Partner of Montinore Estate
May 28, 2019 - Wine Business Monthly
The addition of Kathleen Cardinale as Director of Sales Northeast strengthens their wholesale and account relationships in the greater tri-state area to support its portfolio of companies... READ MORE.
March 20, 2019 - Barron’s Penta
February 28, 2019 - The New York Times
In our recent exploration of crowd-pleasing American red wines, I tried to sharpen the contrast between processed, mass-produced bottles, like the three we tried, and the simpler agricultural wines that are our usual focus... READ MORE.
January 3, 2019 - Food & Wine Business Monthly
The biodynamic approach to grape-growing, which derives from the writings of the spiritual philosopher Rudolf Steiner, sees the vineyard as an ecological whole: not just rows of grapevines... READ MORE.
August 22, 2018 - Wine Business Monthly
Ackley Beverage Group, a family investment company based in Seattle that provides financial and professional resources to partners in the Northwest wine industry, continues to grow its sales team by appointing Colleen Berard as Northwest Sales Director... READ MORE.
May 11, 2018 - Washington Post
April 20, 2018 - Architectural Digest
With the increasing spotlight on conservation around the world, more vineyards are committed to sustainability and becoming biodynamic now than ever before, adhering to the principles of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. He believed that the position of the moon and stars... READ MORE.
November 26, 2017 - MUST Wine Blog
Montinore's Roots Collection of wines is the embodiment of versatility in domestic wine. High in acid and food-friendly but unique and full of character, each bottle delivers great value and an authenticity and transparency that is rare at this price point ... READ MORE.
September 1, 2017 - Oregon Wine Press
Rudy Marchesi, president and chief viticulturist of Montinore, organized the seminar for several reasons, including “[the continuation] of Biodynamic education; improving and enhancing grape growing and winemaking; sharing information with those using or interested in Biodynamic... READ MORE.
April 14, 2017 - Forbes Magazine
Today it seems that delicious handcrafted pinot noir at a decent price is pure fantasy--some might even call it "unicorn" wine. The varietal is costly these days; I regularly see pinot noir wines that run $50-$85 a bottle. Granted, they taste amazing and at that price point they should. But... READ MORE.
November 15, 2016 - Great Northwest Wine
Ackley Beverage Group, a private equity company based in Seattle, reinforced its partnership with Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley by acquiring 44-acre Merriman Vineyard. Great Northwest Wine learned of the sale Monday in advance of today’s announcement... READ MORE.
October 13, 2016 - The New York Times
Its aromas of red and black fruits were leavened with herbs, and on the palate the wine had a pronounced earthy edge...It was not particularly complex, but in some ways, finesse is more difficult to achieve than complexity. You won’t find $20 pinot noirs much better than this one... READ MORE.