Chateau Ste Michelle acquires A to Z Wineworks and Rex Hill

A to Z winery in Oregon

Washington's largest producer just became the premier player in Oregon wine.

Yesterday morning, Oregon’s wine industry reverberated with the news that Chateau Ste Michelle, already the largest producer in Washington and in the Pacific Northwest (see Washington – from your own correspondent), had become the largest producer in Oregon with the acquisition of A to Z Wineworks (whose production facility is pictured above) and Rex Hill brands.

Chateau Ste Michelle’s first foray into Oregon wine was in 2006 with the acquisition of Erath. With the addition of A to Z and Rex Hill’s approximately 400,000 cases to Erath’s 300,000...