Washington-based Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has made a massive expansion into Oregon.  Already Washington’s largest wine producer, Ste. Michelle recently acquired A to Z Wineworks as well as sister label, Rex Hill.  When combined with Ste. Michelle’s existing Oregon property, Erath, the company’s total annual production in the Beaver State is approximately 700,000 cases.  The sale, included not only the A to Z and Rex Hill brands, but also inventory and the Newberg winery facility.


“We are incredibly optimistic about the future of Pacific Northwest wines , both Oregon and Washington, and the breadth and depth of our Pacific Northwest portfolio will enable us to introduce new consumers across the country and around the world to the full complement of our region’s outstanding wines,” said Ste. Michelle Vice President Ryan Pennington.


Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington, formed in 1934 shortly after the end of Prohibition.  This is the first acquisition for Ste. Michelle under the new ownership of New York–based private equity firm Sycamore Partners.


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