While wineries have many of the same legal needs as any business, there are many working parts to creating delicious wine and our lawyers have the insight to recognize and advise on legal issues specifically affecting wineries and the wine industry. OfficineLegali’s wine law attorneys understand the complex legal and regulatory hurdles facing wine industry and are dedicated to our clients’ continued growth and success.
OfficineLegali can advise vineyard and winery owners in all aspects of wine law, including vineyard and winery acquisitions; land use planning, grape purchase agreements and vineyard leases; state and european regulations; distribution and export agreements; intellectual property protection and estate planning for vineyard and winery owners.
We can assist clients with the start-up and financing of wineries as well as providing ongoing assistance as their businesses develop. The wine industry touches upon legal issues ranging from business law to leasing of land to employment law. Our wine law team has the broad expertise to address all legal matters a wine industry client might encounter whether that involves negotiating and drafting a contract or appearing in court.
We have considerable experience in supporting the company Supervisory Body (the so-called ‘Organismo di Vigilanza’ or ‘OdV’) appointed pursuant to the Decree 231, in order to assure the effective and efficient performance of the tasks assigned to it by the Model. In this regard, we assist the OdV in drafting the Monitoring Plan and the Communication and Training Plan, in performing its audit activities, in evaluating the reports received and in drafting the minutes of its meetings.
We have a particular passion for working with family-owned or closely held companies in the wine business. And because attorneys from our firm’s various practice groups work side-by-side, we offer our wine clients a range of services that often are associated with a much larger firm.
Other areas of expertise: – strategic acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, asset and stock sales, and investments in wine businesses; – corporate formation, winery operations, and development, including custom crush contracts, grape contracts, vineyard leases, and farm management; – advertising and marketing, including negotiating and drafting sponsorships, product placements and social media and advertising compliance review; – managing trademark portfolios for both domestic and international wine clients, including representing brands in trademark enforcement matters; – property tax planning; – estate planning and business succession planning for family vineyards and wineries