Huneeus Vintners Purchasing Benton-Lane Winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley
January 10, 2018
Napa-based Huneeus Vintners LLC is purchasing Benton-Lane Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, according to the seller.
Steve Girard, known for founding Girard Winery in the Napa Valley with wife Carol, on Wednesday confirmed the sale of the Oregon winery founded near Monroe nearly three decades ago.
“It’s going to be a partnership,” Steve Girard said, referring to the deal. “I wanted to stay involved and Huneeus has been so kind to let me do that,” Girard said. His involvement, he said, will be “off and on.”
Why did he sell? “I’m 71 years old,” Girard said.
A Huneeus representative could not be reached Wednesday to comment on the acquisition. The deed has not yet been recorded, according to Oregon officials.
The Girards purchased the property about 20 miles north of Eugene in 1988 to plant Pinot Noir. They built a winery on the site in 1998. The first vintage was produced in 1991. The winery produces approximately 35,000 cases of estate-grown wine each year.
The vineyard is now about 140 acres, planted predominantly to Pinot Noir clones. The land also produces Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
Huneeus Vintners’ brands include Quintessa, Faust, Flowers and Leviathan. In 2016, Huneeus sold The Prisoner to Constellation Brands for a reported $285 million, according to press reports.