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News Briefs for November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

•The Donum Estate, the Carneros-based producer of single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Russian River Valley, will complete its new winemaking facility by the year’s end. The new winery will allow the company to produce its wines on the 187-acre estate, which features the Donum Home hospitality center, and sculptures and art from renowned artists. The new facility will produce Donum’s wines starting with the 2019 vintage, and has the capability to produce up to 12,000 cases annually when the vineyards are fully planted. Earlier this year, Donum president Anne Moller-Racke told SND that the facility cost roughly $6 million.

•Napa Valley winery Heitz Cellar has named Toby Halkovich as vice president of operations, effective immediately. Prior to joining Heitz, Halkovich served as the director of vineyard operations at Cakebread Cellars. In his new role, he’ll oversee Heitz’s vineyards, production, and winemaking facilities. This April, the owners of Heitz sold the winery to Gaylon Lawrence Jr. for an undisclosed price.

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