Longtime Burien Business E.B. Foote Winery Put Up For Sale
The B-Town Blog has learned that longtime Burien business (and BTB Advertiser) E.B. Foote Winery has been put up for sale, with a suggested price tag of $1.25 million, by owner Sherrill Miller.
“It’s time for me to retire,” Miller said via email Monday (July 12). “The winery just isn’t the same without Rich (my husband of 35 years) as my partner. My family, friends and Volunteer Vintners have been great about stepping up to help me do what needs to be done.”
The winery will remain open, at least for now, with “business as usual,” according to Miller.
According to a Craigslist ad posted last Friday (July 9), the winery has been producing “2,000 cases per year using Columbia Valley grapes … with the high quality level of the wines, there is plenty of potential to increase production and have distribution statewide, regionally or nationally.”
Here’s the Ad:
Winery for sale – $1250000 (Burien)
Date: 2010-07-09, 5:55PM PDT
Reply to: see below
Owner/winemaker of E. B. Foote winery is retiring and selling this urban, turn-key winery with a long history of award-winning wines.
Price of $1,250,000 includes trademarked brand name, production equipment, bulk and bottled wine inventory, and gift shop merchandise.
Production equipment includes fruit bins, open fermenters, six stainless steel jacketed tanks, crusher/destemmer, basket press, must and transfer pumps, cold-stability refrigeration system, oak barrels, barrel racks, plate and frame filter, 6-spout bottler, semi-automatic corker, semi-automatic labeler, capsuler, forklift, two pallet jacks and lab equipment.
Wine inventory includes 150 cases of white wine and 3000 cases of red wine and red blends, and 2300 gallons of bulk red wine.
Production has been 2000 cases per year using Columbia Valley grapes. With the high quality level of the wines, there is plenty of potential to increase production and have distribution statewide, regionally or nationally.
Currently occupying 8,000 square feet. Buyer would have to negotiate a new lease with the building owner.
For a list of current releases, photos, award history, etc., see the website www.ebfootewinery.com. Interested buyers can contact Sherrill at (206) 715-3114 or at [email protected]
Here’s a screenshot of the Ad:
Miller also adds:
With the name recognition and high quality level of the wines, the winery is primed and ready for growth in production for distribution locally, regionally or even nationally. But I don’t have the passion or heart to expand on my own. It would be nice if a buyer wanted to keep the winery in Burien, but obviously I have no control over that. It could take some time before a buyer comes forward, so it’s business as usual for me. As long as the winery is mine and the wines have my name on them as winemaker, the wines will continue to be the high quality that customers expect from an E. B. Foote wine.
As a longtime B-Town Blog Advertiser, we cherish E.B. Foote’s support during our run, and hope that Sherrill finds a suitable new owner to continue their fine, local winemaking tradition.