The Seattle Times
August 2, 2018
CONSIDERING THE provenance of Col Solare’s ownership, most visitors might expect the crown jewel of Red Mountain to more closely resemble a hilltop Tuscan villa.
The ultra-premium Washington winery, whose first vintage was 1994, is a joint venture of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville and Antinori of Italy. Piero Antinori, head of the company, let his Washington partners know they had plenty of Tuscan-style buildings in Italy and didn’t need another one on the other side of the globe.
Originally, the partners looked at leasing land for their winery from the state Department of Natural Resources. Such leases typically run 50 years. Antinori gently pointed out that his family, which has been in the wine business since the 1300s, generally thinks in terms longer than half a century. So the partnership purchased 40 acres from the Williams family, owner of Kiona Vineyards and Winery.>>>Read the entire article on The Seattle Times