Susana Balbo Wines, one of the most distinguished wineries in Argentina, today announced that it has received a strategic investment from the Latin America fund of L Catterton to support the global growth of the Susana Balbo Wines portfolio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Merger and Acquisition company Eurohold took part in the process as advisor of the sell-side.
Susana Balbo is Argentina’s first female enologist, and her career has coincided with the rising fortunes of the country’s wines on the international stage. Established in 1999, Balbo’s winery was founded upon a commitment to the highest international standards of quality, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The Company’s long-standing commitment to sustainable viticulture and exacting winemaking standards has produced a portfolio now successfully positioned in key export markets around the world.
Of the partnership, Founder Susana Balbo stated: “The success of Susana Balbo Wines is the product of decades of hard work and an unwavering commitment to our environment, our people, and our community. As we move into our Company’s next chapter, we are eager to invest back into the business and expand our portfolio offerings, while maintaining the fundamental business philosophy that has brought us such great success.”
Balbo continued: “Through the partnership with L Catterton, we look forward to expanding our capital investments and sales and distribution network so that we can continue our growth trajectory around the world.”
“Susana Balbo Wines is an inventive, forward thinking winery in a category of its own,” said Dirk Donath, Managing Partner, L Catterton Latin America. “As the first woman enologist in the history of Argentine winemaking, Susana is a preeminent winemaker with an entrepreneurial spirit who has built an incredible portfolio. We are delighted to join forces with Susana and her team in the day to day operations of the business and we look forward to partnering with Susana and her family to support and accelerate their global expansion and drive growth in key export markets.”
Susana Balbo Wines are produced under the Crios, Susana Balbo Signature, BenMarco and Nosotros labels and are exported to 36 markets in 33 countries. The Company consistently ranks in Argentina’s Top 15 export wineries, and is recognized by the world’s leading wine critics for exceptional quality and consistency.
In 2012 and 2018, The Drinks Business named Susana Balbo one of “The World’s Most Influential Women in Wine.” In 2018, Balbo was the first Latin American woman invited to chair the W20 summit – a group within the larger G-20 organization convened to promote gender equity in the world’s 20 leading economies.
About Susana Balbo Wines
Susana Balbo Wines was founded in 1999 by enologist and entrepreneur Susana Balbo and is one of the most renowned wineries in Argentina. The portfolio consists of four major brands: Crios, BenMarco, Susana Balbo Signature and Nosotros and consistently ranks among the top 15 export wineries in Argentina. Susana Balbo is one of the world’s most influential women winemakers and has served three terms as President of Wines of Argentina from 2006 to 2016. For more information about Susana Balbo Wines, visit https://en.susanabalbowines.com.ar/.
About L Catterton
With over $15 billion of equity capital across six fund strategies in 17 offices globally, L Catterton is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm. L Catterton’s team of more than 150 investment and operating professionals partners with management teams around the world to implement strategic plans to foster growth, leveraging deep category insight, operational excellence, and a broad thought partnership network. Since 1989, the firm has made over 200 investments in leading consumer brands. L Catterton was formed through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH and Groupe Arnault. For more information about L Catterton, please visit lcatterton.com.
Agrelo, Mendoza and New York, NY. – February 8, 2019