Foley Family Wines Acquires Nevada Whiskey Distillery


May 25, 2023

Foley Family Wines Minden Distillery

Foley Family Wines, the Sonoma Valley-based family-owned wine company, is expanding into the spirits business with the acquisition of a distillery in Minden, Nevada. The facility includes an American Whiskey and white spirits distillery, housed in a 100-year-old creamery, and an American Single Malt Whiskey distillery housed in a 100-year-old flour mill.

Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The flour mill includes multiple tasting areas and will serve as a guest experience center. Also included in the transaction is the existing inventory of Bourbon, Single Malt Whiskey, and Rye.

“The Bently family, former owners of the distillery, restored these historic Minden sites to LEED Certification,” said Courtney Foley, Second Generation Vintner at Foley Family Wines, in a news release. “Their legacy is in perfect alignment with our family’s commitment to community and sustainability across our vineyards and winery properties.”

Foley Family Wines says it will produce spirits at the facility from locally sourced grains; the spirits will be available through national wholesale markets and direct to consumer channels, including the Minden tasting room. FFW will begin operating the Minden facility immediately and will manage the sales and marketing efforts.

“Foley Family Wines has been expanding our luxury portfolio of wines since 1996, and we are eager to launch a full range of high-end spirits,” said Shawn Schiffer, Foley Family Wines President. “As the demand for spirits continues to grow and the consumer profile evolves, this is a strategic step for us. We look forward to integrating spirits brands into our national distribution network and to continuing the important vision of the Bently family.”

Minden is an historic agricultural and manufacturing town, located in the heart of Carson Valley close to the Nevada-California border at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Visitors enjoy easy access to South Lake Tahoe Mountain resorts, hiking trails, casinos, hot springs, legendary bars, and restaurants.

Bill Foley, the founder of the winery, holds a growing portfolio of hospitality and entertainment businesses in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Nevada. Foley’s holdings in Nevada include the Vegas Golden Knights NHL franchise, the Henderson Silver Knights American Hockey League team, the Vegas Knight Hawks indoor football team, City National Arena, Lifeguard Arena, The Dollar Loan Center, and the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished in Nevada,” Foley said, “and I’m looking forward to introducing our spirits to the marketplace.”

For more information, visit the , Foley Family Wines website.