Brown-Forman considers options for Fetzer, other Hopland assets

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Brown-Froman Corp. said it is considering business options for the sale of its Hopland-based wine assets, which mainly include the Fetzer Vineyards brand and related facilities.

Brown-Forman on Wednesday said its "strategic review" was focusing on the Fetzer brand, winery, bottling facility and vineyards plus other Hopland-based brands, including

But that review doesn't include the Russian River Valley brand Sonoma-Cutrer or the sales-and-marketing relationship with Guerneville-based Korbel Champagne Cellars, according to Brown-Forman. Healdsburg-based International Wine Associates advised the company in its strategic review.

"We are still amidst the review process," said Brown-Forman Chief Executive Officer Paul Varga in a statement. "But given the recent media stories, we felt it was important to communicate with our employees and external stakeholders to set the record straight."

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