SEBASTOPOL, California (August 5, 2016) – Kosta Browne Winery, the acclaimed producer of California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, today announced the purchase of the prestigious Cerise Vineyards in Anderson Valley from Peter and Heidi Knez. Established in 1997 and widely heralded for its trailblazing role in elevating California Pinot Noir, Kosta Browne’s Cerise Vineyards acquisition not only adds a new premium estate to their portfolio, but marks its first vineyard purchase outside Sonoma County.
The Kosta Browne portfolio of estate vineyards continues to evolve and now includes Keefer Ranch (Russian River Valley) and Cerise Vineyards (Anderson Valley) which is comprised of Cerise, Demuth and Knez vineyards. Located above the town of Boonville in Mendocino County at approximately 1,000 feet above sea-level, Cerise Vineyards has been producing complex, elegant wine since the 1980s. Its sixty acres of the wonderfully named Bearwallow-Wolfy soil series are planted solely to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, preserving over three hundred acres as native woodland.
“This is an extraordinarily exciting next step for us as we approach our 20th vintage,” said Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Winery, “and marks a significant expansion of our estate holdings, giving us the opportunity to apply our winemaking approach to a distinctive and highly regarded terroir outside of Sonoma County. Co-founder Dan Kosta added, “We are honored to take on the responsibility of the remarkable heritage vineyards in our ongoing quest to find the best sites for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California.”
Beyond these estates, Kosta Browne Winery has cultivated long-term relationships with a bevy of exceptional growers to complete their program, including Gap’s Crown (Sonoma Coast), Kanzler (Sonoma Coast), Giusti (Russian River Valley), Koplen (Russian River Valley), Cohn (Russian River Valley), Rosella’s (Santa Lucia Highlands), Garys’ (Santa Lucia Highlands), and Pisoni (Santa Lucia Highlands).
About Kosta Browne Winery
Kosta Browne is located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California. The winery produces appellation Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay as well as single vineyard Pinot Noirs sourced from coveted vineyards across California: Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands, and now Anderson Valley. Kosta Browne’s wines can be acquired primarily through the winery’s mailing list and at select restaurants throughout the United States and abroad. The wait list is currently two-to-three-years for the appellation wines and a three-to-five-years for the single vineyard wines. For more information, visit www.kostabrowne.com.