Beringer Blass Wine Estates, the Californian wine producer which is a division of Australian Fosters Group, is in the early planning and permitting phase for construction of a new winery.
The new 1.4 million square foot building will be the largest structure in all of Napa County California and the entire project carries about a $70 million (€76.5m) price tag. The complex will have a grape crushing and winery area, a blending and bottling facility, and a large storage warehouse. The winery is projected to produce some 36 million gallons per year of wine.
Beringer has been planning this project for over four years and recently received approvals from the Napa County board of supervisors to proceed with construction planning. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2003 with a completion date of autumn 2004.
Formally Beringer Wine Estates, the Fosters Group purchased the company in January 2002 and changed the name to form Beringer Blass Wine Estates. The group employs some 4,000 people in vineyards, wineries, and logistics and customer service centres.