Oregon’s Huntington Hill Vineyards and California’s Chalk Ridge Vineyard Recently Acquired
Santa Rosa, Calif., August 22, 2019 – Foley Family Wines (FFW) announced today the acquisition of Huntington Hill Vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon, and Chalk Ridge Vineyard in Russian River Valley, California. Each vineyard will support the rapidly growing luxury wine portfolio, which includes The Four Graces from Willamette Valley and Chalk Hill from Sonoma County.
Gerard Thoukis, Chief Marketing Officer for Foley Family Wines, stated: “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.”
Huntington Hill Vineyard is in the newly formed Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The purchase includes the full vineyard operation property of 165 total 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 benefits from the Van Duzer corridor providing cool maritime air from the Pacific Ocean.
The 21-acre vineyard is mostly planted to Pinot Noir but also features Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay. Mr. Foley saw huge potential in the vineyard where an additional 85 acres could be planted based on the Gallagher Soil Report. Foley Family Wines has purchased fruit from The Huntington Hill Vineyards for the past two vintages for its Oregon based The Four Graces wine brand. Historically, Huntington Hills vineyard fruit was sold to Soter Vineyards, Joel Gott, Domaine Serene, Evening Land, Adelsheim and JK Carriere. The fruit will continue to be used for Foley Family Wines’ The Four Graces and Acrobat Winery.
The second acquisition is closer to home for Mr. Foley in Sonoma County. The Chalk Hill Ridge Vineyard is 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. The fruit has historically gone to Kendall Jackson, Sonoma Cutrer, Dariush and Duckhorn. In 2020 the fruit will be used for Foley Family Wines’ Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Roth Estate Winery.
About Foley Family Wines – Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Since then, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a top producer, marketer, and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handmade wines and spirits. Every brand in the company’s portfolio is distinct and autonomous with its own identity, style, techniques, and personnel. Foley Family Wines owns the following winery properties: Foley Sonoma (Geyserville, CA), Chalone Vineyards (Monterey, CA), Foley Estates (Sta. Rita Hills, CA), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang, CA), Merus (Napa Valley, CA), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley, CA), Kuleto (Napa Valley, CA), Altvs (Napa, CA), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County, CA), Sebastiani (Sonoma County, CA), Banshee Wines (Sonoma, CA), Rickshaw Wines, Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County, CA), Langtry Estate (Lake County, CA), Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, WA), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Eos (Paso Robles, CA), Roth Estate (Sonoma County, CA), The Four Graces (Dundee, OR), Vavasour (Marlborough, New Zealand), Clifford Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand), Grove Mill (Marlborough, New Zealand), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough, New Zealand) and Te Kairanga (Martinborough, New Zealand). Bill Foley is the majority owner of the National Hockey League team, the Vegas Golden Knights (Las Vegas, NV). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc. and Vice Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services. Both are Fortune 500 companies.