Wednesday 19 December 2018

Knappstein winery and cellar door in Clare on the chopping block

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Accolade Wines is considering closing its Knappstein winery and cellar door in the Clare Valley and selling or leasing its four vineyards there.

This is unconfirmed and Accolade has yet to comment publicly.

It follows news the company is shifting its Houghton Wines production to Nannup.

Accolade assets in Clare include the Leasingham, Ackland, Knappstein and Hanlin Hill vineyards.

The proposed changes are part of a review of all operations within the company.

Knappstein Enterprise Winery was established by Tim Knappstein in 1969. The cellar door operates in Clare from the old brewery building circa 1878.

WBM understands the Houghton cellar door and museum will close in May.

Accolade Wines is owned by The Carlyle Group, which bought the business from Champ Private Equity in April for $1 billion.

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