Approximately 80% of the wineries in the US breakeven or lose money. An even greater percentage lose money on an economic basis (i.e., after a charge for the cost of equity). Tegan Passalacqua is a successful, young, Californian winemaker who specializes in making "old vine" wine (i.e., wine from vines that are at least 60 and up to 100+ years old). By day, he is the head winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars, a leading Zinfandel producer. In his spare time, however, he runs his own winery called Sandlands which premium wines using historic, out-of-favor grape varieties such as Carignane, Mataro, and Chenin Blanc. Despite the odds, Sandlands appears to be succeeding. The question is why and whether his performance is sustainable. The case is set in December 2017, as Passalacqua was deciding whether to buy a building and develop a winery at a cost of up to $500,000. Because he already owns an old vine vineyard, and has limited resources, he must decide if this is the right investment to make next.
- 2018 HBS
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