Jackson Family Wines Invests in Oregon Winemaking
October 03, 2016
Jackson Family Wines today announced it is constructing a new, modern winery for the production of artisanal Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in the city of McMinnville. With an emphasis on crafting world-class estate-grown wines from the Willamette Valley, the Jackson family is incorporating sustainable technology in the new building that will house a small-lot winery and barrel room.
“Since we began sourcing wine from Oregon, we’ve taken the time to study our estate vineyards so that we could deliberately design a winery to fit our winemaking style,” said Hugh Reimers, president of Jackson Family Wines.
The layout of the winery has been planned to handle small lots of fruit, with hand sorting lines, multiple small, open-top fermenters, and quality at the forefront. The former Evergreen office space will be renovated to house a state-of-the-art laboratory and offices for the winemaking and production team. New construction began in August and the winery is expected to be operational for the 2017 harvest season.
“Building our own facility enables us to create a contemporary environment for crafting luxury wines,” said Reimers. “We’re proud to be a part of the McMinnville community, bringing additional employment to the area and joining in the overall revitalization and enhancement of this part of the city.”
Jackson Family Wines closed on the property, which is located near the McMinnville airport, in January 2016. One of the largest vineyard owners in the Willamette Valley, the company’s Oregon portfolio includes Zena Crown Vineyard, Gran Moraine and Penner-Ash. La Crema and Siduri also offer Willamette Valley wines. The new winery footprint allows for future growth of these programs.
About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines (JFW) is a family-owned and run company that crafts award-winning wines of distinct character and quality. With a focus on sustainable viticulture practices, responsible vineyard and natural resource management and unparalleled winemaking, the family’s collection comprises more than 50 renowned brands, with substantial winery and vineyard holdings throughout the premier wine-growing regions of California and Oregon. JFW also crafts fine wines from Australia, Chile, France, Italy and South Africa. Founded in 1982 by wine pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jess Jackson, JFW and its wineries are led by Chairman Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. Learn more at www.jacksonfamilywines.com.