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Digitally Native Winery Winc Acquires Natural Merchants Assets 

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Natural Merchants is one of North America’s leading importers of natural organic and biodynamic wines 

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2021) – Winc, Inc. (“Winc”), a leading omni-channel portfolio of wine brands  announced today its purchase of substantially all the assets of Natural Merchants, Inc. (“Natural Merchants”), a  leading purveyor of natural, organic, biodynamic and vegan wines from around the world. Natural Merchants  was founded in 2004 by husband-and-wife duo Edward Field and Pilar Meroño to help U.S. consumers enjoy the  best natural wines the globe has to offer and increase awareness in the organic wine sector. The acquisition  reinforces Winc’s dedication to sustainability and organics and enhances the company’s ability to offer natural  wines as part of the Winc portfolio.  

“Winc is extremely excited to strengthen our commitment to sustainability and organics through our  partnership with Ed and Pilar of Natural Merchants,” said Brian Smith, Co-Founder, President, & Chairman of the  Board, Winc. “Over the past year, we have launched several initiatives focused on bettering our planet and  adapting to the evolving lifestyle choices of our customers. Natural Merchants is a pioneer in the category, and  we are thrilled to welcome them to the Winc family as we endeavor together to become the market leader and  go-to source for organic wine in the U.S.” 

76% of Winc’s customer base falls into the 21 – 44 age group, a consumer segment that is expected to drive  disproportionate industry growth and one that is increasingly demanding organic products from companies that  prioritize sustainability. Organic wine is growing at a 12% CAGR in North America and is projected to be a $17B  category globally by 2027. 

“We have a high degree of conviction that the suppliers comprising Natural Merchants’ portfolio can unlock  additional value for Winc going forward,” said Alex Goodwin, VP of Corporate Development & Innovation, Winc.  “The integration of Natural Merchants’ assets and supplier relationships will leverage our DTC platform to  enable newfound digital capabilities and customer exposure, while providing existing Winc customers with an  enhanced breadth of products in the desirable natural and organic category.” 

Over its 17-year history, Natural Merchants has developed a reputation for excellence and is widely recognized  as a market leader in the category. The company was awarded the Whole Foods Market 2014 Outstanding  Organic Wine and Beer ‘Supplier Award’ and named to the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines for Biokult as well as  having numerous Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys over the years for Pizzolato and Les Hauts de Lagarde  wines. The Natural Merchants portfolio is carefully curated from a select group of top quality, family-run  certified organic vineyards across Europe and South America. 

“The partnership with Winc will bring significant resources to our current business model,” said Edward Field,  Natural Merchants Co-Founder. “We are eager to tap into Winc’s digital reach through what we contend is the  most scaled DTC platform in our industry. The combination of our category-leading portfolio with Winc’s  infrastructure and leadership will position us for continued growth and success into the future.”

Following the transaction, Natural Merchants’ founders Ed and Pilar, along with their team, will continue to  manage the supplier relationships responsible for the Natural Merchant wine portfolio, with support from the  Winc platform. Natural Merchants’ portfolio of wines can be found at fine retailers and restaurants nationwide  including Whole Foods Market stores across the country.  

ABOUT WINC 

Winc is an emerging consumer products company in the wine and spirits industry focused on building brands for the next  generation of consumers. Winc’s digitally native, omni-channel platform is recognized and trusted by a growing number of  consumers seeking unique and relevant brands. 

ABOUT NATURAL MERCHANTS 

Founded in 2004, Natural Merchants is one of North America’s leading importers of the finest natural organic and  biodynamic wines from leading family produced wineries across the globe. Natural Merchants’ portfolio consists of  products sourced from Europe and South America.

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