Wine Spectator: Washington’s Sagemoor Vineyards—900 Acres of Vines—Sold to Fruit-Tree CompanyApril 14, 2014
Nearly 900 acres of Washington state vineyards, producing grapes purchased by more than 70 wineries, are changing hands. Allan Brothers, a family-owned fruit-tree producer based in Yakima Valley, announced they will be purchasing Columbia Valley’s Sagemoor Vineyards. The sale also includes 230 acres of cherry trees and 190 acres of apple orchards. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Sagemoor Vineyards was established in the late 1960s and early 1970s by a group of investors who first started planting grapes in 1972. Sagemoor encompasses four different vineyards that fall within either the Wahluke Slope or Columbia Valley appellations: Sagemoor, Weinbau, Bacchus and Dionysus, totaling 883 acres of grapes, the majority planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. More than 70 different producers purchase Sagemoor grapes, including Walla Walla Vintners, Tamarack Cellars, Hedges, Januik, Abeja and Arbor Crest.
Sagemoor’s general manager Kent Waliser, who has been with the company since 2002, calls the transition “fluid,” noting that the transfer of management will not affect grape contracts or the nearly 100 employees. Wine Spectator has the full story here.