NAPA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2017 (PRNewswire) — The Schottenstein family of Columbus, Ohio has announced it has assumed 100 percent ownership of Mayacamas Vineyards, one of Napa Valley's most historic winery and vineyard properties. The Schottensteins, who have been partners in Mayacamas Vineyards since it was purchased from long-time owner Bob Travers in 2013, recently acquired the remaining shares to become the sole proprietors of the estate and brand.
"This represents an exciting and happy new chapter for Mayacamas Vineyards," said Jay Schottenstein. "Since 2013 our family has been committed to the long-term stewardship of this property, and assuming 100% ownership assures the continuity of our vision and the preservation of this historic estate."
Since changing hands in 2013 Mayacamas Vineyards has undergone a gentle restoration which has included replanting the 50-acre vineyard, introducing organic farming and upgrading the winemaking facility. The respected winemaker Andy Erickson was brought in as well as Phil Coturri who oversees the vineyards. The entire team, including Jimmy Hayes, Braiden Albrecht and Artie Johnson, will remain with Mayacamas Vineyards under the Schottenstein family's ownership.
"The last few years at Mayacamas have been about connecting the past, present and future and to preserving the important traditions of previous generations while continuing to move forward," says Winemaker Andy Erickson. "I'm thankful for the Schottenstein's commitment to this special place and look forward to continuing its history of farming and fine winemaking."
About Mayacamas Vineyards
Mayacamas Vineyards has a history dating back to 1889 when John Henry Fisher purchased land near the summit of Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley and built a winery from stones gathered around the property. The estate passed through several families' hands, and today it spans 475 acres, only 50 of which are planted. The property's rugged, high elevation location comprises steep slopes and meager soils ranging from volcanic ash to igneous rock, and the site produces notoriously low yields of intensely concentrated grapes and wines that are revered for their character, individuality and age-worthiness.