05.13.2015  
 

Duckhorn acquires Three Palms Vineyard

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Napa, Calif.—Duckhorn Wine Company has acquired the Three Palms Vineyard after making wine from the property for the past 37 years. Duckhorn purchased the vineyard from Sloan and John Upton for an undisclosed price.

The recent acquisition increases Duckhorn’s Napa Valley estate to seven vineyards totaling 223 vineyard acres. The Three Palms property is 83 total acres of which 73 are planted and comprised of 50 acres of Merlot and smaller amounts of the other other Bordeaux varieties. The average vine age in the vineyard is 20 years, at the site is planted to 545 vines per acre.

Duckhorn founder and chairman Dan Duckhorn said the inaugural vintage of the Three Palms wine was released for $12.50, which was a high price for a bottle of wine at the time. "We wanted people to understand that it was a Merlot of exceptional quality." 

According to a press release announcing the sale, the property was owned in the late 1800s by San Francisco socialite Lillie Coit (Coit Tower), who planted the site’s three landmark palm trees. In 1967, the rocky alluvial site was acquired by the Uptons, who planted it with vines the following year.
 

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