California-based Jackson Family Wine Estates, best known for its Kendall-Jackson bottlings, continues to expand its Oregon portfolio by purchasing the 35-acre Soléna Estate property in Yamhill from Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu. Earlier this year, Jackson Family Wine Estates purchased nearly 300 acres of vineyards in the Willamette Valley.
While neither party disclosed the price of the Soléna Estate deal, Laurent Montalieu did tell Wine Enthusiast that the sale “enables both of our families to be in a win-win situation.”
The 15,000-case gravity flow winery was built in 2009 when the Montalieus and their business partners established a program called Grand Cru Estates. It was designed to offer perks akin to the Napa Valley Reserve concept: members would own barrels of wine made from select vineyards. But the economic downturn kept the project on the back burner, and when Montalieus’s partners opted to be bought out of the program, the winery became dispensable.
“We moved to Soléna, but it was never intended to be the permanent home,” said Laurent Montalieu. “We already had the Northwest Wine Company in Dundee where a lot of Soléna wines were being made.”
The purchase, which evolved quickly over the past few weeks, never included the Soléna brand. The Montalieus will retain their original 20-acre Domaine Danielle Laurent vineyard, and have broken ground on a new facility due to open in the spring of 2014 that will provide cellar storage for Soléna and Grand Cru Estates. In the meantime, both Jackson Family and Soléna will make wines at the existing facility beginning this fall.