Investor Charles Banks, who owns California wineries including Mayacamas and Sandhi, has taken a majority share in Qup\u00e9 Winery\u2014an iconic Santa Barbara property known for its Rh\u00f4ne-style varieties. The price of the sale was not disclosed.\r\nKnown as one of the original Rh\u00f4ne Rangers of California, Bob Lindquist founded the winery in 1982. His Syrahs, particularly bottlings from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, have been consistently noble and ageable.\r\nBanks, who first exploded on the California wine scene in 2006 when he co-purchased Napa Valley\u2019s famous Screaming Eagle Winery (which he sold in 2009), will add the property to his expanding portfolio. His investment group, Terroir Selections, includes wineries in Burgundy and South Africa. This latest investment, he says, developed more quickly than he imagined.\r\n\u201cBob [Lindquist] had called Rajat [Parr, Banks\u2019 partner in Sandhi Wines] and expressed some frustration with his current ability to do what he wanted at Qup\u00e9, due to capital constraints, and Rajat said he should call me,\u201d says Banks. \u201cSo he did, and in a very few conversations, we totally hit it off. I understood what he wanted and what I could do.\u201d\r\nLindquist will remain on the team as both a winemaker and a partner.\r\n\u201cAll we\u2019ll do is provide more support, and I will be a loud voice encouraging Bob to follow his passion and not let the market dictate what he\u2019s doing,\u201d Banks says.\r\nLindquist told Wine Enthusiast Magazine he considers winemaking the \u201cfun part\u201d of his job, but the business part is an entirely different story.\r\n\u201cThe business and marketing is hard, but Charles is great at that. So this comes as a great relief to me,\u201d he says.\r\nNicholas Miller, an owner of Bien Nacido Vineyard\u2014where Qup\u00e9 is located\u2014and a friend of both Lindquist and Banks, thinks it\u2019s a match made in heaven.\r\n\u201c[Banks] is committed to the Qup\u00e9 brand with Bob,\u201d he says. \u201cHis absolute commitment is to quality.\u201d Miller also noted that this purchase complements Mayacamas\u2019 Bordeaux approach and Sandhi\u2019s Burgundian focus.