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by Cyril Penn | August 4, 2014 | 5:50 PM

There’s a lot happening in Suisan Valley right now. The AVA comprises some 15,000 acres, with roughly 3,000 acres planted. It’s possible that planted acreage could increase substantially in the next few years. The region isn’t far from Napa, which is basically planted out, and Suisun Valley is known for producing good grapes with relatively large yields. There’s also reasonably good access to water. Three new boutique wineries are just getting off the ground in Suisun now that they’ve got their wastewater discharge permits. Solano County is home to two dozen wineries

Now comes word from industry sources that Modesto-based E&J Gallo Winery is poised to buy Winterhawk Winery, although John Segale, a spokesman for E&J Gallo, said there has been no purchase.

Well so far, at least. ... A deal, if finalized, would see E&J Gallo expanding on its recent purchase of Ledgewood Creek, as the properties are contiguous.

When Gallo purchased Ledgwood Creek earlier this year, it shut down the tasting room. Some saw that as a blow to a valley that’s been struggling to become more of a destination. Others see Gallo’s move to Suisun as a big boost. “They’re going to be a good neighbor here,” one source commented. “Between that and Chuck Wagner leasing everything he can get his hands on: He has picked up a number of leased properties, and seems to be testing all the corners of the AVA.” (Caymus announced plans to build a winery in Suisun Valley last summer).

 

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