VITE USA has entered into an agreement to purchase the Sullivan Estate in Rutherford, California.
Future plans focus on “enhancing the prestige and legacy” of this property through a new long-term vision and significant investment in the vineyards, winemaking, hospitality and people, the company says.
The transaction is planned to close in mid-January 2018.
“We fell in love with Napa Valley and are very excited about this estate and its bright future,” says Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, CEO of VITE USA. “There are great synergies and shared values between us and the founding family, which is ideal for paying tribute to their legacy. It’s our intention to build on what they established to develop one of the most refined and sophisticated experiences in Napa Valley, while continuing to craft world class Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Ross Sullivan, president of Sullivan Vineyards & Winery, will continue as a long-term strategic advisor to Juan Pablo and VITE USA.
The winery’s winemaker, Jeff Cole, will continue to focus on crafting small lot wines from the estate’s 23 acres of primarily Bordeaux varietals. Cole, a Napa County native, has been with Sullivan since 2013, coming from previous positions with Laetitia Winery, Windward Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards. He obtained a degree in Wine and Viticulture from California Polytechnic University in 2006.