After ten years of running her own winery, Suzanne Deal Booth has decided to take her expertise to the neighboring vineyard. Last Saturday, Deal Booth acquired Bella Oaks Vineyard, which had been put up for sale earlier this year by its former proprietor, the legendary Pierre LeClerc. Booth has been running her own winery for ten years, and was looking for a larger space. “I have been looking for a larger space to grow in for a while now,” she said, “I have a lot of ideas for expansion, particularly in the areas of marketing and public relations, and I feel that I can do a better job of executing those ideas if I have more space.”

The acquisition, according to the Sun-Times, was brokered by the brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed. It also wasn’t disclosed if Deal Booth would combine the two wineries into one. Bella Oaks was previously owned by Suzanne Deal Booth, who also owns Coteau du Lac Winery in Augusta, Missouri. Booth is also president of the Missouri Vintner’s Association. (Taken from: http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/wine/missouri-wine-maker-acquires-neighboring-winery-3/)

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Heritage conservationist and advocate acquires neighboring Jewel Box property, vineyard and tasting room

(Rutherford, CA – May 5, 2021) – Suzanne Diehl Booth, owner of Bella Oaks, today announced the acquisition of the adjacent winery and tasting room located at 1271 Manley Lane in Rutherford, adjacent to the Bella Oaks property at 1350 Bella Oaks Lane. Deal Booth bought the property from the Rudd family. The purchase includes 1.4 acres of land with industrial and hotel properties built in the late 1980s by the W. Clark and Elizabeth Swanson families.

Dil Booth will rename the Bella Oaks winery, which will be an extension of the iconic vineyard she purchased in 2010 from the heirs of Belle and Barney Rhodes. In 2015, Deal Booth purchased a portion of Fahrig Ranch adjacent to Bella Oaks and incorporated it into the Bella Oaks property. With this latest purchase, Bella Oaks’ vineyard is now 32.6 acres, with 12.5 acres currently planted and a 10-acre vineyard expansion to be completed by the end of 2021.

Deel Booth, a Napa winemaker and advocate for conservation and heritage, was looking for a nearby winery suitable for producing and housing Bella Oaks. She approached the Rudd family in early 2021, knowing that they shared her desire to preserve Napa Valley’s unique cultural and agricultural traditions.  What further attracted Deal Booth to the Manley Lane site was the opportunity to apply the principles of adaptive reuse, rather than further eroding Rutherford’s agricultural character by removing productive vineyards to build a new production facility. Dil Booth plans to redevelop and renovate the winery’s production and hospitality facilities in keeping with his commitment to excellence and sustainability, as evidenced by the launch of the Bella Oaks brand.

The first release of Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon will be in September 2021 with the 2018 vintage ($275 per bottle).

ÜBER BELLA OAKS

Bella Oaks is a new winery that has been around for nearly five decades, a project that combines one of Napa Valley’s most historic and esteemed wineries with the commitment to heritage projects that characterizes the vision of owner and cultural preservation advocate Suzanne Diehl Booth. Bella Oaks Vineyard is legendary for producing some of the very first Cabernet Sauvignons from a single vineyard in Napa Valley. Deal Booth, who took over Bella Oaks in 2010, recognized the history and untapped potential of this legendary winery and finally gave it its own voice by assembling a team that included vineyard manager David Abreu, winemaker Nigel Kinsman and master blender Michelle Rolland. Dil Booth oversaw the vineyard’s conversion to organic, and Bella Oaks achieved CCOF certification in 2019. Envisioning a dynamic and holistic ecosystem on the property, she also hired consultant Jeff Lawson to apply biodynamic principles and practices throughout the property.

Today, following the acquisition of Manley Lane, Bella Oaks’ vineyard encompasses 32.6 acres, of which 12.5 acres are currently planted with vines. Work is underway to expand the vineyard by ten acres, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Booth’s holistic vision for Bella Oaks is to unleash the potential of the land, give it a voice through its own wine, and seamlessly integrate art, community and culture. Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon will be first released in September 2021 from the 2018 vintage ($275 per bottle). For more information, see www.bellaoaks.com.

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