Rack & Riddle Acquires Weibel Family Winery

Following a recent expansion adding a state-of-the-art sparkling production site in Geyserville, Rack & Riddle has now acquired the Weibel Family Winery in Lodi.

Founded in 2007, Rack & Riddle began as a small company focused on producing superior sparkling wine in the traditional French Méthode Champenoise. Over the years, the company has steadily grown, and with the addition of the Weibel Family Winery (which is now Rack & Riddle Lodi) has four modern sparkling winery locations and 150 employees. From Méthode Champenoise, Charmat, in-line carbonation and canned premium sparkling wines, Rack & Riddle now crafts the full spectrum of sparkling wines that American consumers currently enjoy.

The move makes the company the largest premium, custom sparkling wine producer in America, according to Rack & Riddle ownership. 

“We have purchased the Weibel Family operation, marking a milestone for Rack & Riddle. The trajectory of our business has clearly mirrored the growing demand in the United States for quality sparkling wine at all price points and methods,” said Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist, Rack & Riddle Co-CEOs, “We look forward to bringing our collective sparkling experience to Lodi to enhance founder Fred Weibel’s legacy. Our goal has always been to be the best of all things sparkling.”

Industry trends confirm that sparkling wine consumption has consistently grown over the past several years, and Rack & Riddle is poised to continue to meet the demand. 

“The Weibel Family Winery legacy could not be in better hands than with the team at Rack & Riddle. Their expertise in sparkling wine is second to none,” Fred Weibel, Founder and former owner of Weibel Family Winery added, “This is the only company that I trust to continue what my family began so very long ago.” 

The four Rack & Riddle sparkling wineries include:

Rack & Riddle Healdsburg — Méthode Champenoise and Still Wine

135,000 square feet
1.4 million gallon cooperage
500 gallon – 100,000 gallon tanks
1.5 million case Méthode Champenoise capacity
1.7 million case still wine bottling capacity
4 fully-automated still and sparkling wine production lines
Advanced lab services

Rack & Riddle Alexander Valley — Crush and Cooperage

55,000 square feet
10,000 ton crush capacity
700,000 gallon cooperage
500 gallon – 25,000 gallon tanks
10,000 barrel aging capacity
Advanced lab services

Rack & Riddle Geyserville — Charmat Sparkling, In-Line Carbonation and Premium Cans

75,000 square feet
450,000 gallon cooperage
1 million Charmat case capacity
1,400 gallon – 50,000 gallon tanks
State-of-the-art automated Charmat line
Fully- automated canning line
Advanced lab services

Rack & Riddle Lodi — Charmat Sparkling and In-Line Carbonation

90,000 square feet
2.3 million gallons of cooperage
500 gallon – 62,000 gallon tanks
1 million Charmat case capacity
Fully-automated Charmat line
Advanced lab services 

The acquisition includes all intellectual property and assets. The majority of Weibel employees have joined the Rack & Riddle staff. 

About Rack & Riddle 

Established in 2007 in Northern California by wine industry veterans Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist, Rack & Riddle was founded with the mission to craft superior sparkling wines. Through years of steadfast dedication and thoughtful expansion, Rack & Riddle has become the #1 custom sparkling wine producer in the United States with 3.5 million cases of capacity. An exceptional winemaking team dedicated to the mastery of sparkling wine supported by state-of-the-art technology, delivers turnkey grape-to-bottle, wine-to-bottle, and private label sparkling wine services with tank sizes ranging from 500 to 100,000 gallons. Four modern wineries located in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Lodi specialize in Méthode Champenoise, Charmat, and in-line carbonation solutions producing the best of all things sparkling. The company prides itself on being an upstanding member of the communities in which it operates and is committed to operating fairly, ethically, and sustainably.’

~News Release submitted by Rack & Riddle

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