Barrel Stop Winery and Dominari Winery co-owner Marie Schutz had high expectations in 2009 for the new 23,000-square-foot winery and custom-crush facility on Trancas Street.
“It’s exciting,” Schutz said at the time. “We’re looking forward to our grand opening and sharing our wines.”
Those expectations appear to be on hold — for now. Barrel Stop Winery LLC, also doing business as “Dominari,” filed for bankruptcy Thursday.
Barrel Stop Winery and Dominari Winery seem to have struggled with loans and other debts. In January, a $3.3 million loan for Barrel Stop Winery was in foreclosure. During that same month, a Napa family protested outside the winery entrance.
“Dominari Wines CEO does not pay back loans,” one sign read at the time. “Dominari Wines CEO owes growers,” said another.
Karen Menicucci said she was protesting an unpaid $15,000 debt owed by co-owners Marie and Jurgen Schutz to her brother, David Menicucci.
In addition to Menicucci, a number of local merchants said in January they had not been paid for work provided to Dominari Winery, Barrel Stop Winery and the Schutzes.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Barrel Stop Winery LLC notes estimated assets and liabilities worth $1 million to $10 million.
Of the 85 Barrel Stop Winery creditors listed in the filing, top creditors include a number of Napa growers, including Peggy Piccolo, Debbie Williams and Don Buhman, who are owed tens of thousands of dollars.
The largest creditor is vendor Peju Province Winery, owed $114,185. The IRS is also listed as a creditor, with Barrel Stop Winery LLC owing $32,186.
Other creditors include:
• Accountabilities — $14,371;
• Consultants2Business — $22,963;
• Pisenti & Brinker — $46,518.
Marie Schutz and a bankruptcy attorney representing Barrel Stop Winery could not be reached for comment Tuesday.