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Wine Spectator: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Goes Big In Oregon

September 8, 2022

In case you missed yesterday’s news alert, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has acquired Oregon’s fast-growing A to Z Wineworks brand, as well as its sister label, Rex Hill. Already the largest producer in Washington state, Ste. Michelle (SMWE) now has a dominant footprint in Oregon as well. The purchase, when combined with SMWE’s existing Oregon winery, Erath, brings the company’s total annual production in Oregon to approximately 700,000 cases.

The sale, which closed yesterday, includes the A to Z and Rex Hill brands, inventory and the Newberg winery facility. The purchase price was not disclosed. “Erath and A to Z share the same passion for producing high-quality wines at fair prices, making A to Z a natural fit for Ste. Michelle,” SMWE president and CEO David Dearie said in a statement.

A to Z Wineworks was founded in 2002 primarily as a négociant by four Oregon wine industry veterans: Deb Hatcher of Eyrie, Bill Hatcher of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Sam Tannahill of Archery Summit and Cheryl Francis of Chehalem. “Ste. Michelle understands the Pacific Northwest better than anyone, and they know what it takes to promote an entire region on the global stage,” said Deb Hatcher. Wine Spectator has more on Ste. Michelle’s Oregon expansion.

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