Benchmark Walla Walla Valley Producer Purchases Historic Vineyard
WALLA WALLA, Wash., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven Hills Winery today announced the acquisition of the historic old blocks of Seven Hills Vineyard, located in the heart of Walla Walla Valley. As one of the first three vineyard sites established in the region and one of the first planted to Bordeaux varietals, the vineyard has played an important role in shaping the viticultural destiny of the appellation and has since emerged as one of the Pacific Northwest's grand cru sites. During its 28-year history, Seven Hills Winery has helped to define the local wine industry and has demonstrated a strong history of accolades for both Merlot and Bordeaux-style red blends. Crimson Wine Group acquired the benchmark winery in January 2016, and the purchase of the reference point vineyard signifies the latest addition to its growing portfolio in the region.
"I planted this vineyard alongside my father six years before my wife, Vicky, and I founded Seven Hills Winery," said winemaker Casey McClellan, a fourth-generation farmer who was raised in the area. "My family has a long history of working with these blocks, and it's a personal pleasure to reconnect this special land with the winery that we have built."
The land purchase encompasses approximately 109 plantable acres, including 21 acres of Seven Hills Vineyard old blocks. The original blocks were planted in 1980 and are still in production. These vines are some of the oldest commercial plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the appellation. In addition to providing fruit for the winery's acclaimed single vineyard bottlings, several other notable wineries source fruit from this site. The acquisition also includes 14 acres in The Rocks District appellation, which is known for producing world-class Syrah.
Since its inception, Seven Hills Winery has cultivated long-term relationships with top growers to establish an exceptional vineyard program. The winery also sources fruit from several other top Northwest vineyard sites, including McClellan Estate Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley and Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun on Red Mountain.
Seven Hills Winery and its tasting room are located in downtown Walla Walla in the Whitehouse-Crawford building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcomed daily to taste at the Walla Walla tasting room and also at The Estates Wine Room in Seattle's Pioneer Square. For more information, visit www.sevenhillswinery.com and www.estateswineroom.com.
About Seven Hills Winery
Seven Hills Winery was established by the McClellan family in 1988 as the fifth winery in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery has a long history of crafting exceptional Merlot, Cabernet and Bordeaux-style red blends that reflect decades of careful study and are benchmarks for excellence in the Northwest.
About Crimson Wine Group
Based in the Napa Valley, Crimson Wine Group specializes in handcrafted, estate-grown wines originating from the highest quality winegrowing regions in the United States. Including this land acquisition, Crimson owns and manages more than 1,000 acres of plantable vineyard land across six distinct regions. Crimson's diverse collection of luxury domestic estates and wine brands includes Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa, Calif.), Seghesio Family Vineyards (Healdsburg, Calif.), Archery Summit (Dayton, Ore.), Chamisal Vineyards (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Double Canyon (Prosser, Wash.) and Seven Hills Winery (Walla Walla, Wash.). For more information, please visit www.crimsonwinegroup.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to Crimson's growing portfolio in the Walla Walla Valley region and other statements regarding expectations that are not historical facts. These matters are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. Factors that could cause future results to differ from statements in this release include fluctuations in land prices in Walla Walla Valley, the impact of climate change and changing consumer preferences relating to wine varietals, in addition to other risks and uncertainties as described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Crimson's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except to the extent required by applicable law, Crimson undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
Public Relations, GreenRubino for Crimson Wine Group
SOURCE Seven Hills Winery
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