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Jackson Family Adds Willakenzie Estate Amid Ongoing Oregon Expansion

October 4, 2016

Jackson Family Wines has bolstered its Oregon presence with the acquisition of Willamette Valley’s Willakenzie Estate. Known for single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, Willakenzie has 125 planted acres in the Yamhill-Carlton and Dundee Hills areas. The deal includes the brand, winery, hospitality center and vineyards. A price wasn’t disclosed.

Concurrently, Jackson Family has announced plans to build a new small-lot winery in McMinnville, Oregon, dedicated to producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Construction began in August, and the facility is expected to be operational by the 2017 harvest. In addition to the newly added Willakenzie, Jackson Family’s Oregon portfolio includes Zena Crown Vineyard, Gran Moraine and Penner-Ash. The company’s La Crema and Siduri brands also offer Willamette Valley wines.

In other company news, JFW has named Charlotte Selles vice president, marketing. Previously marketing director for Paul Hobbs Winery, Selles will oversee JFW’s international portfolio, including Chateau Lassègue, Chateau Vignot and Bellevue-Seillan from France; Tenuta di Arceno and Tenuta L’Illuminata from Italy; RockBare and Yangarra Estate from Australia; Catalina Sounds from New Zealand; Sonoma’s Vérité; and Chile’s Alcance. She will report to Gayle Bartscherer, JFW’s senior vice president, international marketing and business development. —Daniel Marsteller

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