Sonoma County's Hop Kiln Winery Up for Sale

Mar 12, 2001

Sonoma County's Hop Kiln Winery has been put up for sale, with an asking price of $17 million. The deal includes 128 acres of land, including 40 acres of vines in the prestigious Russian River Valley appellation.

Hop Kiln founder and owner Martin Griffin, who also is a retired physician and one of Sonoma's best-known environmentalists, said that he has mixed emotions about parting with the winery and vineyard, which he founded in 1975. But now that he has reached the age of 80, he said, it's the right time to sell.

A popular tourist site, the winery and surrounding vineyards are on choice Russian River Valley land, adjacent to the highly regarded Rochioli Vineyard on Westside Road, west of Healdsburg. Griffin's winery, modeled after a hop kiln (an oven that dries the hops used as a flavoring in brewing beer) from 1905, produces about 10,000 cases of wine annually. It's best known for its Zinfandel, Primitivo (a red variety from Italy that is genetically the same grape as Zinfandel), and a red wine blend called Marty Griffin's Big Red.

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Read about recent California winery sales:

  • Feb. 8, 2001
    Napa Valley's Freemark Abbey Sold to Private Partnership

  • Feb. 2, 2001
    Sebastiani Brands Sold to Canandaigua Wine for $295 Million

  • Jan. 12, 2001
    LVMH Takes Controlling Stake in Wineries in California and Australia

  • Dec. 21, 2000
    Silver Oak Co-Founder Justin Meyer Sells His Stake to Partner

  • Nov. 10, 2000
    California's Historic Buena Vista Winery Put Up for Sale

  • Aug. 28, 2000
    Foster's Buys Beringer in Blockbuster $1.5 Billion Deal

  • Aug. 24, 2000
    Napa Valley's Chateau Woltner Sold for $20 Million

  • June 29, 2000
    Napa's Pine Ridge Winery for Sale

  • June 7, 2000
    Napa Valley's Round Hill Vineyards Sold to Monterey Winery Owner

  • June 2, 2000
    Napa Valley's Vineyard 29 Sold to Silicon Valley Executive

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