Warehouser eyes sixth site as wine sales grow

[caption id="attachment_96804" align="aligncenter" width="500"] AVC Direct seeks 53 percent more space as direct-shipment demand doubles.[/caption]

WINDSOR -- Wine warehousing and logistics company Alexander Valley Cellars in recent months has been gobbling up industrial space in Santa Rosa and north, as wineries increase case shipments and seek more specialized direct-sales initiatives.

[caption id="attachment_96805" align="alignright" width="250"] AVC Direct line in operation at 1010 Shiloh Rd., Windsor[/caption]

Alexander Valley Cellars has overflowed the 282,000-square-foot wine warehouse at 1010 Shiloh Rd. in Windsor -- Sonoma County's single largest such structure -- and is seeking a sixth warehouse location that would bring its operational footprint to nearly 400,000 square feet. That would put further into the company of major wine warehousers in the North Bay.

"Everyone is looking for more offsite storage, even some that have been storing wine inhouse, because they are running out of space," said Meritt Dahlgren, co-owner. "Wineries are looking for more third-party storage and transportation."

This year, the company is trying to accommodate a 15 percent increase in case volume going through its locations. The company has 60 employees and recently added a truck to its fleet of now seven big-rig and two bobtail trucks.

This demand has been rapidly filling wine warehouse space in southern Napa County and spurring an industrial building boom there, with several hundred thousand square feet of space poised to come out of the ground or already doing so.

Last year, Alexander Valley Cellars expanded by 110,000 square feet into the remainder of the 1010 Shiloh warehouse. This year, the company leased 37,000 square feet at a southwest Santa Rosa warehouse at 975 Corporate Center Pkwy. and recently inked a deal for 23,000 square feet at 3430 Brickway Blvd. in the same Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport industrial area as 1010 Shiloh.

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