It is with a heavy heart that we announce Ventura Limoncello has officially ceased operations. We appreciate everyone that has ever tried our artisan citrus liqueurs. We especially thank those that gave us their feedback, recipes and became part of our Limoncello Famigla.
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Below is the text from the official release:
VENTURA LIMONCELLO ANNOUNCES CLOSURE
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of the Ventura Limoncello Company effective September 30, 2016. After putting our life and soul into producing the best citrus liqueurs we could make for the last nine years, we are forced to close due to lack of raising additional capital or identifying a partner.
At our height in 2014, we reached distribution in 17 states and over 2,000 cases sold. However, in 2015, we noticed slipping sales amid price competiveness from top imported brands, additional competition (national and international) and increased pricing at the retail level (although we had not raised our distributor pricing).
We planned to open a tasting room with direct sales in early 2016 due to the creation of the California Craft Distiller’s License, which we were directly involved in the legislation’s passing, but a late language change exempted our company’s ability to take advantage of this new law. This combined with additional slowing sales and losing distribution in a few key markets caused us to evaluate the viability of continuing our brand.
The Ventura Limoncello Company produced two styles of Limoncello: Originale (original) and Crema (creamy) and one style of Orangecello: Blood Orange. Production of Limoncello Originale began in December, 2007, Limoncello Crema was released in October, 2008. Ventura Orangecello Blood Orange was released in April, 2011. Ventura Limoncello Originale was America’s Highest Rated Limoncello, winning multiple gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2008, 2011), Spirits of the Americas (2013), as well as platinum medal at the LA SIP Awards (2009). Ventura Orangecello Blood Orange was the double gold medal, best fruit liqueur at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Ventura Limoncello Crema won gold medal at the LA SIP Awards in 2010