Foley Family Wines acquires vineyards in Oregon, Sonoma Country
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Foley Family Wines announced it has acquired two premier vineyards: Oregon’s Huntington Hill Vineyards and California’s Chalk Ridge Vineyard. Each vineyard will support the growing luxury wine portfolio, which includes The Four Graces from Willamette Valley and Chalk Hill from Sonoma County.
In a statement, Gerard Thoukis, chief marketing officer for Foley Family Wines (FFW), said: “The purchase of these two premier vineyards reaffirms the Foley family’s commitment to the luxury wine segment and provides the FFW organization the opportunity to fuel growth for both The Four Graces and Chalk Hill brands.”
The purchase of Huntington Hill Vineyard, which is located in the newly formed Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, includes the full vineyard operation property of 165 acres, of which 21 acres are planted to vineyards, as well as a temperature-controlled wine storage building, two machine sheds and several agriculture buildings. Huntington Hill Vineyards sits 230 to 400 feet above sea level and therefore benefits from the Van Duzer corridor providing cool maritime air from the Pacific Ocean, the company says.
The 21-acre vineyard mostly is planted to Pinot Noir varietals but also features Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. Foley Wines’ Owner Bill Foley saw potential in the vineyard where an additional 85 acres could be planted based on the Gallagher Soil Report, the company says. For the past two vintages, Foley Family Wines has purchased fruit from the Huntington Hill Vineyards for its Oregon-based The Four Graces wine brand.
The second acquisition, the Chalk Hill Ridge Vineyard in Sonoma County, is located on the corner of Chalk Hill and Pleasant Road. The 64-acre vineyard in the Chalk Hill AVA is planted to Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah varietals. The fruit historically has gone to Kendall Jackson, Sonoma Cutrer, Dariush and Duckhorn wine brands. In 2020, the fruit will be used for Foley Family Wines’ Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Roth Estate Winery. BI