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Ackley Beverage is providing capital and strategic business planning that is allowing our winery to grow and evolve to it’s greatest potential
— Rudy Marchesi, President, Montinore Estate

ABOUT US

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.

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APPROACH

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.

Profile

We are developing a family of premium wineries and vineyards throughout the Northwest. Here are a few of the curbstones used to evaluate opportunities.

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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.

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PARTNERS

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. 

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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.

 

Our Team

We are a seasoned executive team with unique skills and capabilities and a can-do attitude.

Brandon has a 10 year history of team development, corporate acquisition, national sales, profitability analysis and management. As president of ABG, Brandon is on the forefront of finding the right partnership opportunities and ensuring collective success. 

Brandon has a 10 year history of team development, corporate acquisition, national sales, profitability analysis and management. As president of ABG, Brandon is on the forefront of finding the right partnership opportunities and ensuring collective success. 

Brandon Ackley, President

Jason’s most recent decade has focused on digital marketing with an emphasis in the wine industry. This includes six years consulting with Washington State Wine and various notable wineries in the northwest and beyond. Jason supports marketing and DtC for the portfolio companies.

Jason’s most recent decade has focused on digital marketing with an emphasis in the wine industry. This includes six years consulting with Washington State Wine and various notable wineries in the northwest and beyond. Jason supports marketing and DtC for the portfolio companies.

Jason Richards, VP Marketing

Katy brings more than a decade of marketing and sales experience in the wine industry, including brand management, analytics and sales strategy. Katy oversees three-tier sales, reporting and marketing efforts for the portfolio companies. 

Katy brings more than a decade of marketing and sales experience in the wine industry, including brand management, analytics and sales strategy. Katy oversees three-tier sales, reporting and marketing efforts for the portfolio companies. 

Katy Brown, Sales and Marketing Director

Advisors

Jay has 30 years experience building highly profitable companies. Prioritizing customer experience, culture and innovation, he creates high performance organizations, developing the financial and human capital needed for success.

Jay has 30 years experience building highly profitable companies. Prioritizing customer experience, culture and innovation, he creates high performance organizations, developing the financial and human capital needed for success.

Jay Ackley, President Ackley Capital

A Renaissance Man. A Bon Vivant. The most-interesting-man-in-the-world-lookalike. From biodynamic farming and remarkable winemaking to craft salumi making and goat rearing, Rudy is truly a master of life. 

A Renaissance Man. A Bon Vivant. The most-interesting-man-in-the-world-lookalike. From biodynamic farming and remarkable winemaking to craft salumi making and goat rearing, Rudy is truly a master of life. 

Rudy Marchesi, President Montinore Estate

 

Press

 
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Biodynamic Basics

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.


15 Great Pinot Noirs for Less Than $50

August 21, 2017 - Bloomberg Pursuits

A surprisingly satisfying pinot for the price, this Oregon bargain is made from 100 percent certified biodynamic grapes. It’s a drink-me-now version of the state’s bright, fresh, red berry and spice style...  READ MORE.


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50 FUN THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER

July 3, 2017 - Martha Stewart

#29. Sip a new white. -- Our food editors are loving Borealis, from Montinore Estate in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley, a crisp, justsweet- enough blend of Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, and Riesling grapes. READ MORE.


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Is Affordable Pinot Noir Becoming A Unicorn Wine?

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.


12 Oregon pinot noir wines that prove a 50-year-old gamble paid off

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.


Seattle's Ackley Beverage buys Oregon vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton

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.


Putting Together the Details of Oregon Pinot Noir

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


What's In My Glass? Montinore Estate

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.

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