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Terlato Wine Group Acquires Washington State's Klipsun Vineyards

Terlato Wine Group has announced the acquisition of its newest vineyard property, the renowned 120-acre Klipsun Vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State. The vineyard is widely known as one of the preeminent in the world and was named one of the "25 Great Vineyards of the World" by a top wine publication.

Planted in 1984, Klipsun Vineyards is known for its powerful and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Since its inception, grapes from Klipsun have been purchased by an elite group of Washington wineries including Quilceda Creek, Seven Hills, Col Solare, Betz Family and others. Since 1990, more than 45 wines made in part from Klipsun grapes have achieved scores of 90+ or higher from the most influential reviewers, and four wines made from Klipsun grapes have earned perfect 100-point reviews from Robert Parker. Terlato Wine Group plans to continue the heritage of selling grapes to high-quality winemakers.

"This is an important acquisition for us," said Bill Terlato, CEO and president of Terlato Wine Group. "Klipsun Vineyards is the source of some of the most coveted fruit in the state and Red Mountain is an area of Washington we've always admired.  We intend on being a steward of this property for many generations."

Klipsun Vineyard joins a prestigious group of vineyard holdings in the Terlato Wine Group, including: Chimney Rock, Mee Lane, Pope Valley, and the Estate Vineyard at Rutherford Hill in Napa; Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada in the Sta. Rita Hills; Malakoff Vineyard in Victoria, Australia and holdings in Friuli Colli Orientali, Italy.  The word "Klipsun" means "sunset," in the language of the Chinook Wawa, an American Indian tribe of the area.

International Wine Associates ( served as the exclusive advisors to and represented Klipsun Vineyards in this transaction.

Terlato Wines has a portfolio of more than 85 wine brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and is the leading marketer of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, the Group also includes the family's winery investments and partnerships in some of the world's most esteemed wine regions including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County and Sta. Rita Hills in California; Red Mountain in Washington; Victoria, Australia; the Rhône Valley in France; Friuli, Italy and; Montalcino, Italy.

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