Burgundy's Château Favelle has recently acquired a stake in California's William Slocum Winery in Sonoma County, and owners John and Kathe Dyson say they have found the perfect partner to whom they can transfer ownership in the future.
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The arrangement seemed to work out for both parties: the Dysons found a partner to manage the 135-acre winery in the Russian River Valley in the future, and the Favelle winery found a long-sought temporary home in the United States.
Erwan Faiveley says:Our family has been looking for wineries in the United States for over a decade. We have a long history of friendship with the United States and love its wines and people. As Burgundians, we want to grow the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties in the United States.
Sonoma County, especially the Russian River Valley appellation, is obvious to us, and Williamsolem Winery has always been one of our favorites. john and Kathe have given us their trust, and we are happy and proud of that.
In a statement, the Dyson family said:Over the years, we have turned down many offers from companies that did not align with our long-term vision. For the Faiveleys, and in particular Erwan Faiveley, the current family leader of the winery, we believe we have found the right partner with a long-term commitment to the wine industry who shares our vision of producing great wines and knows how to do it.
The Dyson"s also stated that there will be no day-to-day changes in the operation of the winery, either now or in the near future. kathe and I plan to continue managing the winery for at least three more years and will run it in the same style, staying true to Burt Williams' groundbreaking winemaking techniques.