Sonoma Valley’s B. Wise Vineyards, Sonoma, Calif., has announced the acquisition of Amapola Creek Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma, Calif., from retiring Sonoma winemaker Richard Arrowood. The agreement includes vineyards, winery, property and current inventories.

B. Wise Vineyards owner Brion Wise plans to continue the legacy of producing Arrowood’s signature Bordeaux-style Cabernets under the Amapola Creek label. Arrowood will play a consulting role in the Amapola Creek wines going forward, it says.

B. Wise and Amapola Creek have been long-time neighbors on Moon Mountain. Their vineyards adjoin and share in distinctive farming styles. Wise stated: “This acquisition is ideal for both entities. Amapola Creek abuts our estate vineyards on Moon Mountain and complements our portfolio. Richard is legendary with his old-world style Cabernets and one of the top winemakers in Sonoma Cabernet. Acquiring Amapola Creek allows us to maintain our progress in luxury wine as well as fuel strategic growth for the company.”

During his 54-year tenure, Arrowood has always been an outspoken supporter of Sonoma County’s vinous greatness, the companies say. A pioneer starting at Korbel back in 1965 before moving to Chateau St. Jean from 1974 through 1990, Arrowood launched Arrowood Vineyard & Winery in 1985. “Alis and I are thrilled to transition ownership of Amapola Creek over to Brion,” Arrowood stated. He praised what he describes as “Brion’s long-standing commitment to quality along with his vision and passion for the business. It is exciting. He is a good steward of the land who brings the shared principles of the two wineries.” BI