Nadalié USA acquires Napa Valley cooperage Barrel Builders

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Nadalié USA, a Calistoga-based cooperage run by a French barrel-making family of the same name, acquired Barrel Builders, started in Napa Valley over four decades ago.

Barrel Builders cooperage was founded in the Napa Valley in 1972 by three former Robert Mondavi employees. The previous owner, Phil Burton, joined in 1974 and spent the next 15 years working his way up from apprentice to foreman. He became sole owner in 2001.

“We are very pleased to have Phil, his daughter Heather, and other members of the Barrel Builder's team continue to work in the daily operations,” said Vincent Nadalié, president of Nadalié USA, in the announcement. He told the Business Journal that Barrel Builders operations will continue as they have been.

Heather Burton joined the company as director of sales and marketing in August 2014. Barrel Builders tied for No. 5 on the Business Journal's cooperages list in January, with eight employees. The company said it brokered 95% of its barrels sold last year, totaling about 3,000, and coopered 5%. The product list also includes oak tanks and barrel alternatives such as oak chips and stave inserts for stainless steel vessels.

Five generations ago in 1902, the Nadalié family started building barrels in France. In 1969 amid the rise of the premium wine production by Mondavi and others, the family started selling barrels to U.S. vintners. In 1980, Tonnellerie Française, later renamed Nadalié USA, opened in Calistoga, the first wave of French cooperages in the country.

Vincent Nadalié relocated to California in 2011, initially as director of sales.

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