• Company:

    Malibu Family Wines

  • Industry:

    Winery

  • Client Since:

    2015

Malibu Family Wines tells their story of success as a family-owned business in a fast-paced world. Learn how Torrey Pines Bank helped them achieve their financial goals and reap the literal fruits of their labor.

Malibu Family Wines, a privately held winery nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains on 1,040 acres, is about great wine for sure, but it’s also about exceptional on-site experiences. And by experiences they mean everything from adventurous wine safaris to weddings, movie nights, comedy performances and even chef-driven, farm-to-table dinners featuring organic vegetables grown right there.

Company President Ronnie Semler says that experiences also shape his choice in banks: “Today in the banking world, you are often a number and there is very little personal service. You work with different people all the time who don’t know you or your business. Torrey Pines Bank is exactly the opposite. They know what I am doing and they understand me, my business and my banking needs.”

Semler’s experiential approach is precisely in step with what visitors and locals in Los Angeles love about a destination like Malibu Family Wines. “To us, the personal touch really matters. The primary way we market and sell our wines is through our related, but separately owned, tasting rooms and other special activities that connect us directly with customers. We welcome thousands of people every week. Great customer service is incredibly important to us and this is why we want that and value that in our banking relationship.”

The company now is looking to expand and open a new facility in the West Hills area of the San Fernando Valley – in a historic building that was part of the estate of silent movie star Francis Lederer. The beautiful Spanish hacienda-style former stables will be the heart of the new tasting room facility for guests, again focusing on experience.

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