Ackley Beverage Group is a family investment company based in Seattle that brings financial capital and professional resources to partners in the 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.
Established in 1982, Montinore Estate is a 214-acre Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley appellation and along the east-facing slope of the Coastal Range foothills in Oregon.
Merriman was planted in 1999 on an east facing ridge, entirely to Pinot Noir. We use only sustainable viticultural practices. The vineyard has LIVE and Salmon Safe certification and is dry farmed, allowing the unique terroir of the vineyard to come through in your glass.
We are a seasoned executive team with unique skills and capabilities and a can-do attitude.
Brandon Ackley, President
Jason Richards, VP Marketing
Katy Brown, Sales and Marketing Director
Jay Ackley, President Ackley Capital
Rudy Marchesi, President Montinore Estate
September 1, 2017 - Oregon Wine Press
Rudy Marchesi, president and chief viticulturist of Montinore, organized the seminar for several reasons, including “[the continuation] ofBiodynamic 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.
February 14, 2017 - Dispatch Argus, QC Online
You could say that Oregon is a pinot noir bridge. The state's most celebrated and successful wine style generally could be classified as somewhere between the heady, earthy pinot noirs of Burgundy — the grape's ancestral home in France — and the fruity, jammy pinots of California... 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 - New York Times, Eric Asimov
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.
April 11, 2015 - Eugene Daily News
The sunshine has been poking its head out again these past few days, so I decided to head out on a wine adventure. Interestingly enough, many wineries aren’t open in the middle of the week – but I did find a spot that had a fantastic wine list: Le Bar at Marché... READ MORE.