Pacific Rim buys Firesteed winery, Vintage gets brand

Rickreall, Ore.—Howard Rossbach, founder of Firesteed winery sold the winery to Pacific Rim & Company and the brand to Vintage Wine Estates. In a related deal, Mickey and Jeanne Flynn agreed to sell their 30-acre Flynn Vineyard, which is adjacent to the winery, to Pacific Rim. Rossback retains the Citation wine brand, 90-acre Firesteed estate vineyard and the 202-acre Erratic Oaks Vineyard, according to press releases by Rossbach, Vintage and Pacific Rim.  

Vintage will buy grapes for the Firesteed program from the estate vineyard and Erratic Oaks through long-term leases. Pacific Rim is using the winery and 30-acre vineyard for its Rainstorm brand that produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Silver Linings rosé. Pacific Rim is owned by the Mariani family that also owns the import company Banfi Vintners. Vintage Wine Estates is based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and owns a portfolio of brands.

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