Napa Valley’s Jan Krupp Buys Kitchak Cellars Winery

Purchase gives Krupp Brothers more control over their wines
Courtesy Stagecoach Vineyard, Facebook

Just one month after selling his Stagecoach Vineyard, Dr. Jan Krupp announced he has bought Kitchak Cellars, a 20-acre site off the Silverado Trail near the town of Napa at the base of the Atlas Peak appellation. The price was an estimated $19 million.

“I am delighted to realize my lifelong dream to own a world-class winery,” Krupp told Beverage Industry Enthusiast, “and to have the time and resources to focus on continuing to build our wine brand at our own beautiful and meticulously crafted winery.”

In April, Krupp sold 1,300 mountaintop acres–600 of them planted–of his Stagecoach Vineyard to E & J Gallo. The $180 million price tag for Stagecoach, which straddles the Atlas Peak American Viticultural Area and Pritchard Hill region, was first reported by Beverage Trade Network, citing deeds recorded in Napa County.

Krupp now has a Tuscan stone winery, tasting rooms and 10-acre vineyard for Krupp Brothers, a total hospitality play after two decades of being up in the remote mountains of Stagecoach. The purchase price for Kitchak was not disclosed, but public records place it at around $19 million.

“This not only means we will have complete control over how we craft our wines, it marks a significant enhancement to what we can offer our guests and club members,” Krupp said in an email.

That includes tours and tastings at the new winery, tours of Stagecoach Vineyard up the road, and tastings at Krupp’s downtown tasting room in Napa that are expected to start May 20, by appointment.

Published on May 16, 2017
Topics: Wine News
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net




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