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BILL FOLEY ACQUIRES EOS WINERY
Producer, Marketer and Distributor of Fine Wines Purchases Major Paso Robles Winery
November 15, 2010, Sonoma, CA â€“ Bill Foley, owner and operator of Foley Family Wines, announced the purchase of Eos winery in Paso Robles, California. The sale includes: trademarks, case goods and bulk wine for the Eos, Cupa Grandis, Lost Angel and Novella labels.
Eos was founded in the rolling Paso Robles countryside in the mid-1980s by the Arciero family. Today, the winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Late Harvest Moscato, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Zinfandel Port.
According to Foley, â€œOver the last decade, Paso Robles has become one of the more important winegrowing regions in California. In addition to the stunning beauty of the countryside, Paso Robles has demonstrated a remarkable ability to produce world-class wines from a number of different varieties. Eos is one of the AVAs most significant brands. This purchase gives us an immediate presence in this emerging viticultural area.â€
According to Mark Littlefield of Farm Credit, â€œBill is one of our major partners in the wine industry. We are very pleased to have worked with him on this sale.â€
Current plans call for the Eos tasting room to be moved to 2300 Airport Road, Paso Robles.
About Foley Family Wines
Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in Californiaâ€™s Santa Ynez Valley. Since then, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a major producer, marketer and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handmade wines from some of the worldâ€™s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the companyâ€™s portfolio is distinct and autonomous with its own identity, style, vineyard sites, techniques and personnel. Foley Family Wines owns the following properties: Foley Estates (Santa Rita Hills, CA), Lincourt Vineyards (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Merus (Napa Valley, CA), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County, CA), Sebastiani (Sonoma County, CA), Kuleto (Napa Valley, CA), Altvs (Napa, CA), Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, WA), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Vavasour (Marlborough, New Zealand), Clifford Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand). Bill Foley is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc and Executive Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services. Both are Fortune 500 companies.