Local wineries will soon be able to order bottles locally.
David Addamo is opening Glopak Wine and Spirits, a new 20,000-square-foot wine bottle distribution center in Santa Maria.
It’s Addamo’s latest venture in the local wine industry. Out of the past 16 years he’s spent in Santa Maria, 12 of them were spent making wine. He’s currently the winemaker for Ca’ Del Grevino winery.
According to Addamo, his is the first wine bottle distribution company on the Central Coast. Before Glopak, wineries in Santa Barbara County have had to rely on companies from the Napa area, he said.
This is good, Addamo said, because wineries from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles will have someone local to get their wine bottles from and they won’t have to pay for or deal with complications from shipping.
“Anyone can walk in and get their orders and not have to wait,” Addamo said. “The best part about what we’re doing is that we’re going to have a major stock of inventory.
“It’s exciting as a winemaker,” Addamo said. “There’s been times where you run short and to get glass is so difficult. It takes weeks at a time. It could take months.”
Even better, there’s no minimum order, which Addamo said is good for home vintners. There are no brokers’ fees with Glopak, Addamo said, because the company sells directly to the consumer.
Addamo’s warehouse is actually part of a larger company, Glopak USA, which is based in New York. Santa Maria is the company’s foray into the California market, according to Addamo.
It seems rather obvious why such a business would come to a region with a robust wine economy, but why not Napa? It helps having some family connections. Addamo’s cousin, Enzo, took over New York operations and helped him get started in Santa Maria.
According to Addamo, the company imports glass bottles made in China, where it owns a factory.
Glopak not only sells bottles for wineries, but breweries and distilleries too, although wineries are the main focus for now.
If he finds success here, Addamo eventually wants to set up shop in the Los Angeles and Napa areas too.
“We’re going to cover all of California,” Addamo said.
A grand opening will be held at 4:30 p.m. on May 20 at the new Glopak warehouse located at 3070 Skyway Drive, unit 402, behind the FedEx facility. For more information, call 331-5000.
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Staff Writer David Minsky wrote this week’s Biz Spotlight. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, email, or mail.