VIDEO: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Lists Property in Woodinville
WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Chateau Ste. de Woodinville. Michelle Winery, the largest winery in the Pacific Northwest, is listing its Woodinville property for sale.
According to the Washington Wine Report, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 118 acres in Woodinville were listed earlier this month by a Dallas-based real estate company.
The price has not been disclosed.
“The property list includes Ste. Michelle’s castle, tasting rooms, banquet facilities, offices, a theater, a 100,000+ square foot warehouse and 50,000 square feet of barrel storage,” said the Washington Wine Report.
The winery will move all of its white wine production to its Canoe Ridge facility in eastern Washington. Cara Connor, community relations manager for Chateau Ste. Michelle, says the change in winemaking operations prompted the company to explore the potential sale of the Woodinville property, or perhaps just part of it.
“We are evaluating how to best use the facilities in the future,” Connor said. “This process is still in the exploratory phase and could take years to implement, if at all.”
Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman does not anticipate losing the place in its current form. However, he tells KIRO 7 that he might end up looking different.
“I know that Chateau Ste. Michelle really hopes to maintain a presence in Woodinville,” Millman said. “I’m going to work really hard to make sure that happens.”
According to the mayor, 70 acres of the property are zoned for residential use. The other 48 could be used for industrial or tourist purposes such as wineries, breweries or hotels.
Adam Acampora serves as CEO of Woodinville Wine Country, a non-profit company that promotes the area as a wine tourism destination. Acampora argues that there is no need for wine lovers to panic just yet.
“Honestly, I don’t even know what his plan is,” Acampora said. “They could be speculating on what the value of the land is; they might be considering repositioning cash flow. Who knows?”
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