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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, Partner, Montinore Estate

ABOUT US

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.

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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 200-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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Tidalstar Vineyard was planted in 1999 on an east facing ridge, almost 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 over a decade in business management, including team development, corporate acquisition, national sales, profitability analysis and management. As President, Brandon is on the forefront of finding the right partnership opportunities and ensuring collective success.

Brandon has over a decade in business management, including team development, corporate acquisition, national sales, profitability analysis and management. As President, Brandon is on the forefront of finding the right partnership opportunities and ensuring collective success.

Brandon Ackley
President

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

Spanning nearly a decade, Colleen has had a diverse and accomplished career in the Northwest wine industry, having held responsibilities in retail and wholesale management. Colleen oversees distribution in northwestern states.

Spanning nearly a decade, Colleen has had a diverse and accomplished career in the Northwest wine industry, having held responsibilities in retail and wholesale management. Colleen oversees distribution in northwestern states.

Colleen Berard
Sales Director Northwest

With more than 20 years’ experience in hospitality, sales management and wine education, Kathleen brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Prior to her role here, she was VP Sales for Verity Wine Partners in New York and New Jersey.

With more than 20 years’ experience in hospitality, sales management and wine education, Kathleen brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Prior to her role here, she was VP Sales for Verity Wine Partners in New York and New Jersey.

Kathleen Cardinale
Sales Director Northeast

Thomas brings diverse marketing experience leading brand, marketing & communications strategies through development, implementation and analysis for companies in the wine, beer, restaurant, tech and healthcare industries. Thomas oversees online and commercial marketing efforts.

Thomas brings diverse marketing experience leading brand, marketing & communications strategies through development, implementation and analysis for companies in the wine, beer, restaurant, tech and healthcare industries. Thomas oversees online and commercial marketing efforts.

Thomas Bobson
Marketing Director

Following eight years of superior market growth in the energy drink vertical, Paul began managing the sales of wine portfolios for notable distributors throughout the Southeast. He is now using this experience to grow our partners companies in the region.

Following eight years of superior market growth in the energy drink vertical, Paul began managing the sales of wine portfolios for notable distributors throughout the Southeast. He is now using this experience to grow our partners companies in the region.

Paul Leeson
Sales Director Southeast

Jayme started her career in the beer industry, where she worked for high profile distributors. She discovered her passion for wine and honed her skills with an acclaimed wine producer in California before joining the Ackley Beverage team.

Jayme started her career in the beer industry, where she worked for high profile distributors. She discovered her passion for wine and honed her skills with an acclaimed wine producer in California before joining the Ackley Beverage team.

Jayme Lowe
Sales Director Southwest

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

 

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
Principal of 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
Partner of Montinore Estate

 

Press

 

Ackley Beverage Group Grows its Sales Team with the Addition of a Sales Director for the Northeast

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.


Five Impressive Oregon-Made Sparkling Wines

May 9, 2019 - Cool Hunting

Oregon is known for its award-winning Pinot Noir, but its success with sparkling wine might very well change the conversation. The numbers speak volumes... READ MORE.


When Simplicity Can Be a Winemaking Virtue

March 28, 2019 - The New York Times

The Montinore pinot noir is bright, with flavors of red fruits and an underlying earthy, forest-brush quality. It’s taut and pure, and it tastes like Willamette Valley pinot noir... READ MORE.


Biodynamic Production Offers a Look at the Future of Fine Wine

March 20, 2019 - Barron’s Penta

Taking a walk through the vineyards at Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley isn’t so striking for what’s there, but more for what isn’t... READ MORE.


Tracing the Origin Story of Biodynamic Wine

March 4, 2019 - SevenFiftyDaily

Biodynamic wines are gaining visibility—and popularity—in the wine world. Though they still make up only a small part of global wine production, there are more than... READ MORE.


Back to the Supermarket: Looking for the Good

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.


Organic vs. Biodynamic vs. Natural Wine—What's the Difference?

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.


Biodynamic Winemaking Takes Root In Oregon

September 24, 2018 - Forbes

Oregon produces about one percent of the wine in the U.S., but the production is ramping up. Between 2000 and 2016 the number of Oregon wineries more than quintupled, ballooning from less than 150 to more than 750... READ MORE.


Biodynamics Goes Big

September 17, 2018 - SevenFiftyDaily

How wine companies are scaling up an agricultural method thought to be hands-on and highly personal... READ MORE.


Ackley Beverage Group Names Colleen Berard Northwest Sales Director

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.


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Five $20 Wines Good Enough for a Millionaire Like Steven Mnuchin

May 11, 2018 - Washington Post

I’m a fan of this winery in the northern reaches of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Montinore practices biodynamic viticulture and produces wines with verve and sophistication... READ MORE.


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The 9 Most Beautiful Biodynamic Wineries in the World

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.


The Biodynamic Estate We've Been Waiting For - Wines From Montinore Estate In Oregon

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.


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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] of Biodynamic 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.


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 - 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

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