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Napa Valley’s Sequoia Grove Winery buys vineyards on Mt. Veeder

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The Napa Valley vintner plans to replant the vines in the 104-acre property to cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.

Sequoia Grove Winery acquired this 104-acre property at 2203 Mt. Veeder Road in the Mount Veeder appellation northwest of Napa on June 23, 2023, from Hess Persson Estates. It has an 18-acre vineyard, 13 acres of which were fallow at the time of sale. (Courtesy: Sequoia Grove Winery)

Sequoia Grove Winery has purchased a 104-acre property in the Mount Veeder appellation on the western ridge of Napa Valley, with plans to rework the existing vineyards there.

The 104-total-acre property at 2203 Mt. Veeder Road, sitting on slopes at elevations over 1,700 feet, is set to be replanted over the next two years to cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties, the winery said in the Oct. 4 announcement. The property was sold June 23 for $3.67 million, or nearly $204,000 per planted acre, according to public records.

Currently, 18 acres are planted to malbec, cab, petite verdot and a small block of chardonnay vines, and 13 of those acres have been fallow, the winery told the Business Journal.

The winery said it will be receiving some of the grapes from the existing vines this harvest.

“Mt. Veeder produces wines of both power and elegance,” said Sequoia Grove winemaker Jesse Fox. “The elevation and highly desired soil profiles produce balanced, structured, and complex wines that have remarkable hillside diversity. This new acquisition is incredibly exciting to me as a winemaker as well as for the future of the winery; it is a privilege to incorporate this site into our vineyard estates.”

The vintner plans to retain the 73 acres of trees on the property as is.

The site was acquired from Hess Persson Estates, formerly The Hess Collection Winery. The vineyard originally started by its founder Donald Hess. Hess died in February of this year at age 86.

Most of the property was part of the Hess winery’s Veeder Crest vineyard, with 7 acres that was part of the Veeder Summit vineyard, according to Sequoia Grove.

Sequoia Grove said its last acquisition was in 2019, buying State Lane Vineyard in Yountville. The vintner, founded in 1978, now owns 120 acres of estate vineyards.

Sieba Peterson of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Reality represented the buyer of 2203 Mt. Veeder, MVSR LLC, and the seller.