Innovative wine industry veteran Phil Hurst Announces Changes at Truett-Hurst, Inc.

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Ties cut with former partner Bill Hambrecht; VML Russian River tasting room returns to its roots in Dry Creek Valley

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Ties cut with former partner Bill Hambrecht; VML Russian River tasting room returns to its roots in Dry Creek Valley

HEALDSBURG, Calif., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Phil Hurst, Co-Founder and President and CEO of Truett-Hurst, Inc. ("Truett-Hurst"), announced today that the VML tasting room and ultra-premium production facility located on Westside Road has been sold by Bill Hambrecht.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Truett-Hurst, in exchange for $955 thousand in payment, quitclaimed certain rights and amended its lease so that it will vacate the tasting room portion of the property no later than December 31, 2016.  The winery will be vacated no later than May 31, 2017.   Truett-Hurst also agreed to dismiss its pending claims against Hambrecht. 

Huneeus Vintners has purchased the property, and the Truett-Hurst team is working with the Huneeus team to ensure a smooth transition.  Truett-Hurst owns and operates a bricks & mortar winery located in the famed Dry Creek Valley, California, which has garnered praise from the wine industry and multiple awards for the wines.  The VML brand, named after winemaker and partner, Virginia Marie Lambrix, was launched at the Truett Hurst Dry Creek Estate Winery and will relocate there for the foreseeable future.  Together, Hurst and Lambrix have built a reputation for their portfolio of Dry Creek and Russian River wines.

"We enjoyed our success at VML's Westside Road property over the last five years, but now that Hambrecht has sold the property it is time to move on to our next chapter," said Co-Founder Phil Hurst. "I am very excited that the VML tasting room is returning to our Dry Creek Estate," continued Hurst. 

"For me, VML is all about my love of the Russian River Valley; the combination of fog, soils and varietals planted there," said winemaker and Truett-Hurst partner Ginny Lambrix. 

In addition to the namesake Truett Hurst and VML wines, Truett-Hurst makes a family of premium and super-premium brands exclusively for the nation's largest retailers including Albertsons, Safeway, Total Wine and More, Target, Trader Joes, and The Kroger Co.  Additionally, Truett-Hurst has partnered with Daryl Groom, winner of multiple Winemaker of the Year awards in several publications, and his son Colby to produce, sell and market the vibrant cause-marketing wine brand Colby Red, which, over the last seven years, has made donations to heart health charities approaching $1 million.  Truett-Hurst's fast growing group of wine brands has received top scores from the world's most prestigious critics and won praise from consumers.

About Truett-Hurst, Inc.
Truett-Hurst, Inc. (NASDAQ: THST, www.truetthurstinc.com), is a holding company headquartered in Healdsburg, California.  Its sole asset is the controlling equity interest in H.D.D. LLC., an innovative and fast-growing super-premium, ultra-premium and luxury wine sales, marketing and production company based in the acclaimed Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, California.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Contact: 

Paul Forgue

707-431-4423

paul@truetthurst.com

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