Jackson Family buys Williamette's WillaKenzie

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

07 October 2016

Jackson Family Wines has completed the purchase of the Oregon winery WillaKenzie Estate for an undisclosed fee.

The 130 acre estate, in the Willamette Valley, is described by JFW's CEO Barbara Banke as 'essentially Pinot Noir – though with some nice Pinot Gris as well.'

Total production is currently around 20,000 cases, though Banke says this could 'grow a little bit'.

It's the company's third purchase of a small cool-climate estate this year, following on from Copain (Sonoma) and Penner-Ash (also Oregon) in the spring.

Aimed firmly at the on-trade, the WillaKenzie wines retail in the US for around $35.

'Stylistically, they're not as plush as Californian Pinots, but they are good examples of the Oregon style,' said Banke. 'A bit more savoury and with lower alcohol. They should work very well [in the UK].'

Best known for creating the powerful Kendall-Jackson  brand – responsible for the number one selling Chardonnay in the US – Jackson Wine Estates has pursued a steady policy of buying  small wine estates over the last 30 years, and currently has 37 wineries in its portfolio, from the Yarra Valley to Bordeaux, Tuscany and Sonoma.

x£40, John E Fells,  01442 870900

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