Neither party would confirm the deal. On Monday, St. Clement administrator Mary Beardsley said, "Nothing is definite yet."
Beringer's vice president of winery communications, Tor Kenward, offered a similarly noncommittal statement. "We're looking at this as we're looking at any number of possible acquisitions," he said.
St. Clement was founded in 1975 by eye surgeon William Casey. Best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the winery and its 20 acres of vineyards were purchased by Sapporo USA in 1987 and have been operated by the Japanese-owned company since then.
Beringer Wine Estates owns some 10,500 acres of vineyards in California. In addition to Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, the publicly held company owns Stags' Leap Winery in Napa Valley, Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles, Chateau Souverain and Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma County, and the Napa Ridge brand.
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