It was announced effective immediately that William Chris Vineyards (WCV) and Lost Draw Cellars (LDC) have merged. With a shared vision and set of values, this merger is an evolution of a long history of close partnerships between WCV’s Chris Brundrett and LDC’s Andrew Sides, including the founding of Yes We Can Wine Sway Rosé, the Lone Star State’s first Texas-grown canned wine brand.
While the brands will maintain separate winemakers and portfolios, the merger will allow both operations to leverage an expanded array of tools to make wine more efficiently for their collective fans. More importantly, together, the companies will expand benefits across the teams, including comprehensive health insurance, wine education programs, and personal development training. Shared access to the best vineyards across the state will allow for more streamlined and efficient production practices while strengthening the merged company’s wine program as a whole.
“Andrew and I have been advocating for each other’s businesses and brands, as well as scouting vineyards together for years. It’s natural to bring our two companies together and provide more resources that will create an amazing place for our teams to work as we continue to share incredible, intentional, Texas-grown wines with the world. This merger just makes it all official. We have been talking about this move for a few years and almost had it wrapped up before COVID hit, but now we’re finally able to take this next step. Lost Draw Cellars is doing incredible work in the Texas wine industry, and we look forward to expanding our shared footprint in the overall North American wine landscape.” said Brundrett.
Added Sides, “The key ingredients here are our shared vision and values. At Lost Draw Cellars, we’ve always focused on the grape growing side of winemaking. We believe that expressing in the bottle what our vineyards are capable of here in Texas is the best way to continue gaining recognition and credibility, not just in the US, but worldwide. At the end of the day, the most important thing for us is to create a place where people are fired up to come to work and be part of something meaningful. We don’t want to just be in this industry, we want to help build, shape, and evolve it.”
William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars are both leaders in producing 100 percent Texas-grown wine. Both vineyards pride themselves on producing premium, terroir-driven wines alongside a memorable, world-class experience. As part of the merger, the William Chris and Lost Draw brands and wine programs will remain distinct entities. The individual winemakers will remain in place and will have control over the wine being produced under each roof, and the wine clubs for each of the vineyards will also remain unchanged with independent benefits and releases.
The merger of William Chris Vineyards and Lost Draw Cellars will fall under a new parent company, William Chris Wine Company. In addition to Brundrett and Sides, who will take the lead on all day-to-day operations for the company, founding partners Bill Blackmon of WCV, along with Andy Timmons and Troy Ottmers of Lost Draw Cellars, will continue to hold advisory roles within the organization.
This announcement came along with the recently announced virtual tasting on Saturday, October 24th at 4 p.m. Chris Brundrett and Andrew Sides will be together on Facebook Live to share an incredible line-up of for the Texas Wine Month Special Edition Virtual Tasting.
If you join the virtual tasting on October 24th, you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 Texas Wine Month Prize Packs, and there are 2 left. This certificate includes:
- Library Tasting for 2 people at William Chris Vineyards
- Reserve Tasting for 2 people at Lost Draw Cellars
- Private Barrel Tasting for 2 with Chris and Andrew at “Miracle Mile” this fall (available dates will be shared on Oct. 24)
Wines for October 24th Virtual Tasting:
- William Chris Vineyards, 2018 Mourvèdre, Texas High Plains
- Lost Draw Cellars, 2018 Sangiovese, Alta Loma Vineyards
- Lost Draw Cellars, 2018 Tempranillo, Texas High Plains
- William Chris Vineyards, 2018 Hunter
- Lost Draw Cellars, 2019 Counoise Rosé
- William Chris Vineyards, 2019 Roussanne, Texas High Plains
Shipping is included so order today from the William Chris website!
Robert jewell says
What are the plans of the former Woodrose winery that, I’m told, was bought by Slate Winery
Jeff Cope says
I haven’t heard about Woodrose. Slate Theory Winery will be opening at the former Torre di Pietra location. It is possible they purchased Woodrose too.