Brandt Insurance has been insuring wineries, growers and suppliers. We take pride in the Personal Service that we provide our clients.
When it comes to insurance assessment, we know the ins and outs of the wine industry. We've built our reputation on providing the best possible coverage and service. We've combined our old-fashioned commitment to personal service with the latest innovations in the industry - making everything easy for our clients.
The Brandt family has been in business in Healdsburg since the 1880s. Frederick Otto Brandt started it all when he opened a brewery and bottling business. His three young sons worked alongside him to build a successful company. Prohibition put an end to the beer, but the resourceful Brandt brothers switched to soda water and ice, and then our grandfather, Frederick John, began a prune-drying business.
Our father, Milt Brandt, was only five when he started working with Grandpa Fred, who, like his father, believed in seven-day workweeks. In the 1940s, Milt went off to war. When he returned to Healdsburg, he took up ranching, working with the same dedication he'd learned from his dad. But life struck a hard blow when Milt contracted polio at age 30. He spent three months in an iron lung and lost the use of his legs. The community rallied to help his young wife and four kids while Milt struggled to recover over the next year.
Unable to continue ranching, Milt found his niche in the insurance business. He'd faced hard times and knew first-hand the necessity of excellent coverage. And he passed down that tough Brandt family work ethic. He enlisted the help of us, his sons Joe and Jack, and we bought the business from him in 1982.
Today we, along with Jack's daugher Amy and son Todd, still run Brandt Insurance with a cohesive, highly trained team that has very little turnover. We've combined our old-fashioned commitment to personal service with the latest innovations in the industry - making everything easy for our clients. We're licensed in all 50 states and have access to every major insurance program, so our pricing is competitive with much bigger agencies. Brandt is your small town insurance agency with an outstanding national reputation.
That about covers it. Now let's talk about how we can help cover you.
What's your Specialty?
Winery? Vineyard? Vineyard Management? Chances are, it's something we specialize in, too. When it comes to insurance coverage, we know the nooks and crannies of a multitude of industries. We have the expertise to analyze your unique situation and create the insurance plan that keeps your business optimally secure.
At Brandt Insurance, we understand the complexities of your business, and the importance of protecting every aspect of it from potential loss - including everything from your employees, buildings, and machinery to your inventory and transportation. We'll evaluate your needs, identify any exposures, and design a thorough, cost-effective insurance plan that truly delivers.
Here are just some of the types of specialty insurance that we've made our specialty:
Creating wine is both a fine art and complex science.
You rely on experience, knowledge and intuition to manage a fragile set of circumstances with focus on just the right results…a near perfect glass of wine.
Yours’ is a different kind of business with unique challenges and needs. After all of your hard work, why leave anything to chance? Regardless of the scale or individual characteristics of your winery or vineyard, Brandt Insurance will ease your mind to better focus on what you do.
Protecting your property and operation requires a trusted advisor capable of understanding your challenges, risks and investments. Brandt Insurance has been insuring wineries and growers since 1962. You’ve got a unique need, and we’ve got your unique solution.
You rely on experience, knowledge and intuition to manage a fragile set of circumstances with focus on just the right results a near perfect glass of wine.
Yours' is a different kind of business with unique challenges and needs. After all of your hard work, why leave anything to chance? Regardless of the scale or individual characteristics of your winery or vineyard, Brandt Insurance will ease your mind to better focus on what you do.
Protecting your property and operation requires a trusted advisor capable of understanding your challenges, risks and investments. Brandt Insurance has been insuring wineries and growers since 1962. You've got a unique need, and we've got your unique solution.
Here are some of the coverages that a tailored wine industry program from Brandt Insurance can provide:
Anywhere in the supply chain you will be insured for "All Risk" coverage, including Earthquake, Earthquake Sprinkler Leakage & Flood, and includes Loss of Income, as the stock will be valued at "Selling Price" should a claim arise.
This is a broad stock-throughput policy with customized proprietary features tailored for the wine industry. Risk management features are added to assist clients to insure the highest integrity in maintaining quality standards. In addition, we will have a claims handling process that involves using one of the largest wine and grape brokers for assisting wine replacement valuations.
The program is best suited for wineries producing over 24,000 cases with multiple locations in or out of the United States.
Stock value for bulk or cased wine at limits up to:
37 years of experience in supplying accurate information and valuations about the supply trends of grapes and wine replacement values to leading lending Institutions around the country.
An established process by which quality is determined, certified and quantified on a standard accepted by and within the industry from one of the leading wine testing laboratories.
“Redwood Empire Vineyard Management has used Brandt Insurance exclusively as our insurance broker since we formed our business 25 years ago. Their service, knowledge, and responsiveness is consistently excellent. They have been right at our side through fires, accidents, and much more. Their personalized service in all aspects of insurance needs are fantastic. Brandt Insurance has always been first-rate in our book when it comes to high-quality service at a fair price. We highly recommend Jack and Joe Brandt to anyone."
— Kevin & Linda Barr, Owners
-Redwood Empire Vineyard Management
“Our family owned fourth generation winery and vineyard has seen many changes over the past 90 years, including the growth and passage of family ownership. It has been a comforting feeling to know that all the way from farming to the commercial marketing of wine, our business has been carefully protected by another family owned business, The Brandt Insurance Co. The professional help from the Brandt family and staff during a time of need has been a bonus above and beyond the excellent coverage received.”
— The Rafanelli Family
A. Rafanelli Winery
“Quality products and quality service is the way of life at Eagle Distributing Company. If you are looking for the same quality commitment for your insurance needs, then Brandt Insurance is the place for you.”
— Mark Gleason, General Partner
Eagle Distributing Company
Born and raised in Healdsburg, Jack graduated from Chico State University in 1971. He teamed up with his father, Milt Brandt, and became the first of the next generation of Brandts in the insurance industry. After over 40 years, and multiple advanced commercial lines schools, Jack has definitely accrued a vast amount of experience and expertise in nearly all aspects of the insurance industry.
As one of the Agency Principals, Jack heads up the commercial lines division, specializing in wineries, farms, distributors and contractors. He enjoys reviewing insurance programs, building business and personal relationships, and working with his brother Joe, daughter Amy, and son Todd. Jack and his wife of 40 years, Lindsay, love spending time with their four grandchildren. Jack regularly reads The Three Little Pigs Buy Home Insurance to them, and thinks there might just be another generation joining the family business.
Born and raised in Healdsburg, Jack's son Todd graduated from Sonoma State University, earning a bachelor's degree in business, and joined the insurance agency 1998. He started assisting in the personal lines department before becoming a producer in the commercial lines department in 2000. Todd is a graduate of a highly regarded commercial lines school based in Texas. He enjoys establishing and building new relationships with local business owners. As a commercial lines producer, he focuses on wineries, farms, and habitational insurance. He also manages the I.T. and technical aspects within the agency. Todd likes to play golf in his free time. He and his wife Nancy have two sons, Milton and Parker.
Raised in Healdsburg, Greg earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the National Alliance Commercial Producer School. Greg has over 12 years of sales experience, and spent five years in the lumber industry before joining the Brandt Insurance team. Greg might not have been born with the insurance business bug, but he probably picked it up from hanging around the Brandt house as a kid. As a producer, he focuses on all things business and commercial, with emphasis in farms and wineries. Greg is married to Kristina, and he enjoys being active and outdoors. In 2011, Greg and Kristina welcomed their daughter, Isabella.Linda Lincoln
Linda joined our team in early 2001 and has 20 years of insurance experience. She earned a bachelor's degree in business economics at UC Santa Barbara. As an account manager in our commercial division, she specializes in wineries, and in placing and servicing large and specialized accounts. Linda loves Sonoma County because it's a place where she can experience the city, the wine country, and the coast all in one day. And if you think that's accomplishing a lot, you should see what she gets done at the office in one day.
In 1994, Jeanene joined the Brandt team, where she learned everything anyone would possibly want to know about insurance. Working as a commercial lines account manager, Jeanene appreciates the fact that there's never a dull moment. She places new business, works renewals, and upholds an outstanding level of customer service. With her two sons, Kent and Jared, grown and out of the house, Jeanene loves spending time with her dogs, bowling, and shooting pool. Sometimes, the dogs even let her win.
Lynda joined the Brandt Team in 2012, with over 25 years of personal and commercial lines insurance experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in business, along with a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
Lynda was born in Healdsburg and raised in Sonoma County.Married with children (five of them), in her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, gardening and scrapbooking.
Fearing the “Smart Train” wasn’t going to be a real solution for her long commute to San Francisco, Vicki joined the team in April of 2015 with over 15 years of commercial and professional lines experience, reducing her 2 + hrs commute down to 25 minutes each way.She was born in Texas, grew up in Napa on a small farm, and currentlyl resides in Rohnert Park.She has been a member of the Santa Rosa Host Lions club for nearly 20 years and was the first woman president in the history of the club.She is an active member of St. Marks Lutheran Church.In her free time, you’ll find her at the gym, or maybe in a yoga class, or country line-dancing class, strolling the beach/hiking, cooking up a new recipe, doing something crazy like zip lining with friends or just chilling out with her dog and/or daughter.Warning: She is a Cowboy fan. Just proves we are an equal opportunity employer!