Vintage Wine Estates, Santa Rosa, Calif., announced the acquisition of Tamarack Cellars, Walla Walla, Wash.
"Tamarack Cellars exemplifies what is so very exciting about Washington winemaking, thanks to the vision of the founder, Ron Coleman, and the quality and diversity of the state's microclimates and vineyards," said Pat Roney, president and chief executive officer of Vintage Wine Estates, in a statement. "I am delighted to add Tamarack Cellars to our portfolio."
Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is regarded for its range of wines including Firehouse Red blend, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a number of limited-production, single-vineyard reserve blends sourced from the state's top vineyards.
"As much as I have loved and am proud of everything we have done building Tamarack, it is with great pleasure that Jamie and I are turning things over to Vintage Wine Estates," said Ron Coleman. "I've been impressed by everyone at Vintage Wine Estates, they are real pros. I feel good about the Tamarack team joining a group that is capable of and committed to making the wines Tamarack is known for. They also bring the additional tools needed to grow the brand successfully. After 20 years, leaving is bittersweet, but leaving the winery and the people who make it what it is in good hands makes it mostly sweet."
Long-time Winemaker Danny Gordon will continue in his leadership role in the crafting of the wines. All Tamarack Cellars personnel have been retained to continue to deliver consistent service and guest experiences to the Tamarack customer, the company says.
The purchase of Tamarack Cellars comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of the California brands Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay, in a deal which closed on Jan. 2.
Tamarack Cellars is housed in a renovated firehouse in a World War II army base in Walla Walla. Case production is approximately 25,000 cases and the purchase includes inventory, grower contracts and the tasting room. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Metis, an Exvere Company, served as the exclusive financial and transactional advisor to Tamarack Cellars.