Healdsburg-based Foley Family Wines purchased the Chalone brands and related California Central Coast vineyards, part of a United Kingdom-based drinks giant’s exit from the wine business.
Foley bought from Diageo the Chalone Estate Vineyard and Gavilan brands, known for chardonnay and pinot noir wines. They’re based on nearly 1,000 contiguous acres, with 240 in vines, in the one-winery Chalone appellation of Monterey County.
Bill Foley, also chairman of Fidelity National Financial, said his wine group now has wineries and vineyards from Solvang, Calif., to Walla Walla, Wash.
“Chalone Estate Vineyard, with its great wines and incredible history, gives our consumers and guests world-class wine options along the entire coast,” he said.
Diageo in January sold most of its wine group, including Napa Valley brands, to Treasury Wine Estates for $552 million. Remaining in the U.S. were Acacia in Napa Valley, sold to Peju Province Winery earlier this month, and Chalone.