William Cole Vineyards

Bill Ballentine, Owner

Project Type
Vineyard Acquisition
Problem

William Cole Vineyards had reached a point where the business needed to expand to keep up with demand. In order to do so, they needed to acquire more land and facilities to scale production. The brand was already one of the most popular and sought-after wines in Napa Valley, but sustaining that success in the future would require the business to pursue options for growing more grapes and investing in increasing its capacity.

Vineyard Acquisition
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Solution

For owner Bill Ballentine, legacy is everything. Producing the highest quality fruit in Napa Valley and some of the best wine in the country is more than just a means to make a profit. Growing the business through vineyard acquisition was a means for him to preserve a bright future for his family and son, who will likely take over the business someday.

Working with Live Oak Bank, Bill was able to obtain the acquisition financing he needed to acquire another winery and vineyard nearby and expand his presence in America’s wine country. After purchasing the new real estate and business assets, Bill increased capacity faster than he ever imagined and was able to release more wines and improve the quality of his product.

Live Oak works with devoted winery and vineyard owners like Bill Ballentine every day to achieve new levels of growth by providing financing to help them achieve their dreams.

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