Shannon Ridge Buys Winery in California’s Lake County for Growing Brands

By Jeff Quakenbush. Originally published on the North Bay Business Journal website.

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines
Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, the largest vintner based in Lake County, now has a winery to call its own.

Shannon Wine Co. purchased the Nice Wine Co. production facility at 4900 Bartlett Springs Road in the Clear Lake north shore community of Nice (pronounced like “niece”) on May 28. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

That winery was being leased from the Larson family before the sale, according to Roxanne Jackson, manager of Shannon Ridge marketing and public relations. It’s the same family that’s behind Larson Family Winery near Sonoma and runs Ultima Mobile Bottling

“We leased the property to make sure it was the right fit for us, and its not quite big enough now, but we’ve got room to grow,” she said in an email.

The winery will be dedicated to making Shannon Ridge brands for the first harvest, but the facility could offer custom crush, juicing and bottling as well as private-label services for Shannon Ranches vineyard clients in the future, according to Jackson. Joy Merrilees, director of winemaking and production, will run the winery.

Clay Shannon has been looking for a home for his wines since 2013. They have been made at various facilities in the area, including Steele, Langtry Estate and Ray’s Station.

Production of the Shannon Ridge wines now is about 180,000 cases a year, Jackson said. Brands include Buck Shack, High Valley, Old Pearl, Playtime, Shannon Reserve, Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection and Vigilance. Suggested retail prices are $18–$38 a bottle.

Calendar of Events

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
4
5
ROOTSTOCK 11:00 am
ROOTSTOCK @ Napa Valley College
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lake County winegrape growers can receive a 25% discount on the General Admission All-Access and General Admission Symposium & Happy Hour passes by using the code LCWC. For more information, please visit www.rootstocknapa.com, contact bcarpenter@napagrowers.org,[...]
Preparing the Vineyard for Winter 1:00 pm
Preparing the Vineyard for Winter
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Register for a free webinar sponsored by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance to learn key tips and practices for preparing your vineyard for winter and how to prevent erosion in the vineyard during the rainy[...]
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Pesticide Container Recycling Collection 9:00 am
Pesticide Container Recycling Collection @ Ag Unlimited
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Agricultural pesticide containers will be accepted for recycling free of charge. This annual event is hosted by the Lake County Department of Agriculture and Ag Unlimited. Download this flier for more information.
14
15
16
Lake/Mendocino IPM Seminar 8:00 am
Lake/Mendocino IPM Seminar @ Hopland Research and Extension Center
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Price: $45 (online). Includes lunch. Sponsored by LCWC and UC Cooperative Extension. Online registration closes Nov. 13. The amount of CE Credits for the seminar are 1 HR of Laws and 6.5 Hrs of other.[...]
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30