Beckstoffer buys Carneros vineyard in Napa County

Beckstoffer Vineyards of Rutherford has bought a Carneros vineyard in Napa County from Treasury Wine Estates, giving the farming company about 400 acres in the wine region that borders San Pablo Bay.

Beckstoffer purchased the Beaulieu Vineyard Number 5, more commonly known as BV5. The 121-acre vineyard borders the company’s Carneros Lake and Las Amigas vineyards. Famed winemaker André Tchelistcheff once made wine from grapes from the vineyard, said Andy Beckstoffer, owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards.

A purchase price was not disclosed. Wine Business Monthly, citing Napa County records, said it was $14.3 million.

While the region is known for its premium pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, Beckstoffer said he is very bullish on merlot fruit from the area.

Treasury Wine Estates, headquartered in Australia, said the sale was part of its ongoing process to “achieve the right balance” on its land holdings.

“We look to optimize our viticultural assets across all regions. The sale of the BV5 vineyard in Carneros was part of that process,” Treasury Wine Estates said in a statement.

Winegrowers hires new communications manager

The Sonoma County Winegrowers has hired Melissa Vogt as its new education and communications manager.

Vogt replaces Sean Carroll, who is now senior communications manager for Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa.

She most recently worked as deputy editor at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Vogt also has written for the and Wine Country This Week and has served as wine communications director for SommSelect, a Sonoma-based company that offers wines that have been selected by sommeliers.

“We are fortunate to add the unique background and skill set that Melissa possesses,” said Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, in a statement.

“We take great pride in our team and the resources we provide to our grower members, and Melissa is a shining example of our commitment to be the best.”

SR’s Foley wines partners with French vintner

Foley Family Wines of Santa Rosa has become the exclusive importer of Lucien Albrecht, a winery based in Alsace, France.

Foley Family Wines will be in charge of all U.S. marketing and sales efforts through its distribution channels across the United States.

Lucien Albrecht is a viticulture pioneer in Alsace and the company traces its founding family roots back to 1425.

The wines selected for the U.S. market include a blanc de blanc, a brut rose, a pinot blanc and a riesling. They range in price from $24 to $17 a bottle.

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