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Sunday, 25 August 2013
Oregon in the spotlight as Louis Jadot and Jackson Family Wines snap up properties in the region!
Oregon Pinot Noir has hit the headlines with the news that two leading
international wine companies – Jackson Family Wines and Maison Louis
Jadot – have made acquisitions in the state.
Burgundy négociant Jadot has bought the 32-acre Resonance Vineyard in
the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of the Willamette Valley, the company’s first
acquisition outside France, for an undisclosed sum.
the vineyard from Kevin and Carla Chambers and will produce its first
wines from the 2013 harvest, with Jacques Lardière – Jadot’s chief
winemaker for 42 years until his retirement in 2012 – installed as
winemaker. Meanwhile, Jackson Family Wines has bought Soléna
Estate, a 15,000-case winery and 35-acre vineyard, also in the
The acquisition comes after the company
bought a number of top vineyards in the Willamette Valley earlier this
year, including Gran Moraine, a neighbour of Resonance, and a
three-block, 83-acre collection of vineyards known as Zena Crown.
week’s buy does not include the Soléna Estate brand or the Domaine
Danielle Laurent Vineyard, but covers the Soléna vineyard, winery,
barrel cellars, tasting room and hospitality area.
‘In order to
fulfill our vision for creating world-class Pinot Noir from the
Willamette Valley, we need a winery capable of producing artisan wines,’
said Jackson Family Wines COO Hugh Reimers.
‘The Soléna winery is beautifully designed for boutique, small-lot winemaking.’ Soléna
owners Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu are to move
production to their new Dundee Hills winery, and plan to build a new
tasting room and visitors centre at its Domaine Danielle Laurent
vineyard, which will open in May 2014.