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Until recently, private wine businesses were financed principally through owners' equity and conventional bank financing. In its earlier development years the U.S. wine industry had not yet established a sufficient track record to attract the wider range of financial options used by other, more established industries. That is now changing, and early forms of alternative growth capital are becoming attracted to wine.

Global Wine Partners has worked for many years to educate financial institutions about the true investment potential in the premium wine industry. Based on some early initial success, more institutions are considering wine industry investments. We now see major investment funds and private equity groups making forays into wine. GWP has been an advisor in most of these transactions and an investor in some.

New Financing Sources

GWP has developed working relationships with a number of these institutions in seeking appropriate wine investment opportunities.

These institutional investors selectively invest expansion capital in established, successful and growing wine businesses. The type of capital can range from equity and equity-linked instruments, to subordinated and senior debt, to lease financing and off-balance sheet financing.

These financing structures can provide debt and/or equity capital for:
  • Acquisitions
  • Recapitalizations for shareholder liquidity
  • Management buyouts
  • Expansion capital for growth
Our experience with these sources and understanding of their investment objectives, areas of interest and transaction processes enables us to deliver financing alternatives to the wine industry that were previously not available.