Bacchus Capital Management is a San Francisco and New York based investment firm focused on providing strategic capital and making private equity investments in the wine industry. Target portfolio companies are profitable U.S. wineries and wine-related businesses which demonstrate significant growth potential. In addition to being a capital source to its investments, providing flexible, alternative financing, Bacchus offers portfolio companies the operational expertise and unparalleled distribution network relationships of its Principals.
The firm was established in 2007 by Sam Bronfman, Peter Kaufman and Henry Owsley and is managed by the three founding partners. Mr. Bronfman brings over 30 years of experience in leading several of the largest wine operations in the U.S. with revenues exceeding $300 million. Messrs. Kaufman and Owsley have over 40 years of combined experience as investment bankers and advisors in structuring and executing $1 billion in complex debt and equity investments.
Mr. Bronfman brings extensive wine industry expertise and access to a wide network of distributors, acquired through leadership positions held at Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines and Diageo Global Wines. Messrs. Kaufman and Owsley bring significant expertise in structuring credit products through their leadership of Gordian Group, a boutique investment bank focused on restructurings.
The firm has three senior advisors, all of whom enhance the Firm's operational experience and network of distribution relationships: Mike Jaeger, Chief Operating Officer of C. Mondavi & Sons Wine Company; Steve Cousins, General Manager of Sbragia Family Vineyards and Anthony Van Nice, Chief Operating Officer of Dobbes Family Estate & Wine by Joe.
Bacchus Capital Co-Founders (L to R) Peter Kaufman, Sam Bronfman and Henry Owsley at Sbragia Family Vineyards.