Ste. Michelle Wine Estates acquires O Wines

  • Written by Don Mann
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state’s founding wine company, announced last week it had purchased the Woodinville-based O Wines brand, which currently sells its Chardonnay in the Northwest and several West Coast markets.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates ultimately plans to release the brand nationally with future vintages.

O Wines was established in 2006 by Stacy Lil and Kathy Johanson with a mission to fund scholarships for low income, deserving youth. The brand has funded more than 40 student scholarships in four years by partnering with organizations like the College Success Foundation.

Many of the scholarship recipients were the first members of their families to attend college.

“We look forward to growing the brand and eventually adding a red wine to complement the Chardonnay,” said Ted Baseler, president & CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “We will continue to donate a portion of the proceeds from wine sales to fund scholarships for low income, high potential youth.”

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