Napa Wine Company buys 265-acre vineyard in Paso Robles
Acquisition of Cabernet Sauvignon Ranch Expands Company’s Central Coast Holdings
–Duckhorn Portfolio announced Tuesday that it has acquired Bottom Line Ranch in the San Miguel District sub-appellation of AVA Paso Robles. Planted with 265 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard has seven clones from three drought-resistant rootstocks.
Bottom Line Ranch is located in the San Miguel District AVA near the borders of the Estrella and Adelaida districts. Located on the slope of the Santa Lucia Range, the San Miguel District features a Region III climate, ideal for the production of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The 289-acre property was planted in six blocks totaling 218 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2014, with an additional 12 acres planted in 2015 and a final 35 acres established in 2018.
“This acquisition is part of our long-term strategy of supporting our wineries with strong properties,” said Alex Ryan, CEO and President of The Duckhorn Portfolio. “Adding Bottom Line Ranch’s 265 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon to our estate program will provide us with exceptional grapes for Decoy and Postmark, while cementing our commitment to the Central Coast.”
“There’s a reason Paso Robles has the largest Cabernet Sauvignon acreage of any California appellation outside of Napa Valley,” he said. “In addition to producing phenomenal Cabernet Sauvignon, the Paso Robles wine community has done a fantastic job of bringing the region and its wines to the world. Establishing a presence in this renowned region is an important next step in our long-term vision.
“For a Cabernet Sauvignon-focused winery of its size, location, age and quality, Bottom Line Ranch is a rare find,” said Vice President, Central Coast Winekeeping, PJ Alviso. “In terms of row orientation, rootstocks and clonal selection, it has excellent fundamentals.” To maximize the quality of the vineyard‘s Cabernet Sauvignon, cultivation at the site will be overseen by The Duckhorn Portfolio’s in-house viticultural team and renowned Vineyard Manager Randy Heinzen and his company Vineyard Professional Services. Heinzen also operates the Calera Estate vineyards on Mount Harlan and was the former vineyard manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards.
The company plans to rename the vineyard in the coming months. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
About Duckhorn Wallet
The Duckhorn Portfolio is a luxury winery with ten wineries, eight winemaking facilities, seven tasting rooms and over 1,100 acres of vineyards spanning 24 properties. Established in 1976, when winemakers Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Napa Valley’s iconic Duckhorn Vineyards, today the portfolio includes Decoy, Paraduxx, Goldeneye, Migration, Canvasback, Calera, Kosta Browne, Greenwing and Postmark, with prices ranging from $20 to $200 across more than 15 grape varieties and 30 appellations. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol NAPA.