[caption id="attachment_91565" align="alignnone" width="512"] Ledgewood Creek Winery and its tasting room in Suisun Valley closed with the purchase of the property with surrounding vineyards by E&J Gallo. (credit: Strong & Hayden)[/caption]
FAIRFIELD -- E&J Gallo Winery purchased a 230-acre western Solano County vineyard and winery.
This is the second major move recently by a wine company into the western premium winegrowing regions of the county.
[caption id="attachment_91563" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ariel view of Ledgewood Creek Vineyard and Winery (credit: Strong & Hayden)[/caption]
The 401-acre ranch for Ledgewood Creek Winery and Vineyard is located in the Suisun Valley winegrowing region just east of Napa Valley, but it's still in the North Coast appellation. The property has about 230 acres of vines, mostly chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, and another 145 plantable acres.
Gallo Vineyards, LLC, purchased the property, inventory of wine and trademarks from entities managed by Dean Frisbie on April 24. The had been listed for sale for $16.5 million, but the purchase price was not disclosed.
"This portion of Solano County in the North Coast AVA can produce exceptional winegrapes," said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president and general manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. "This vineyard is a great addition to our portfolio to support the rapid growth we have had in our premium wine business."
In 2012 the company made its first foray into Lake County, buying 800 acres of vines on the 2,000-acre Snows Lake property.