Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton Wines

Greg Brewer is remaining as winemaker at Brewer-Clifton under its new Jackson Family Wines ownership.

Contributed photo, Tenley Fohl Photography

Brewer-Clifton, the winery founded 21 years ago by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, has been sold to Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa.

With a leased winery and tasting room in Lompoc and four estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Brewer-Clifton has a reputation for first-class pinot noirs and chardonnays. 

Founded on a shoestring in 1996 -- friends even pitched in money so Brewer-Clifton could afford to buy barrels -- the winery now produces about 10,000 cases annually.

In 2015, Brewer and Clifton sold 70 percent of their namesake winery to a group of investors led by Ken Frederickson. Brewer remained as winemaker while Clifton stepped away to concentrate on producing Italian varietals for his highly successful Palmina winery and Burgundy wines under his La Voix label. In 2016 Clifton sold his remaining interest to the Frederickson group. Brewer sold his remaining shares as part of the latest transaction and is remaining with Brewer-Clifton as winemaker under the new ownership.  

"The Jackson family maintains a commitment to world-class wines, a respect for nature and vision for uncompromising quality that's very much aligned with our philosophy," Brewer said.

"I've long been impressed with the purity and intensity of these wines," said Jackson Family Wines Chairman Barbara Banke. "Brewer-Clifton strengthens our portfolio of singular, site-specific chardonnay and pinot noir, while complementing our offerings from the nearby Santa Maria Valley."

Jackson Family Wines owns vineyards and wineries throughout California and Oregon, as well as in France, Australia, Chile and South Africa. Their Central Coast properties include Cambria and Byron, both in the Santa Maria Valley.


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