Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management announced today that it’s closing its doors after 43 years in operation. The independently owned and operated multimedia company produced Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, a highly respected wine trade publication that was founded in upstate New York by J. William Moffett and Hope Merletti. Their son, Robert Merletti, was eventually named chairman and CEO. The magazine focused its efforts on providing the wine trade with in-depth information and articles about its most pressing issues, techniques, important events, newest technologies and engaging personalities.
The magazine expanded internationally and had the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. The company also added several successful wine competitions (The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West Wine Challenge and the International Women’s Wine Competition) and industry trade shows (Craft Beverages Unlimited East and Craft Beverages Unlimited Midwest) to its portfolio, but discontinued ownership of them last year in an effort to focus solely on its publishing roots. Unfortunately, those efforts have now come to an end. The bi-monthly magazine’s last circulated issue was for March/April 2017.
In recent years, the company experienced a series of unavoidable and unfortunate circumstances that led to acute cash flow issues. “Thank you to everyone who supported and subscribed to Vineyard & Winery Management for so many years,” said Robert Merletti of the business’ closure. “It’s with a heavy heart that we have to make this decision.”