View Jan. 4, 2021 (Walla Walla, Washington) – Two major wineries of the Walla Walla family jointly announce that Dennis Murphy, owner and winemaker of Caprio Cellars, has reached an agreement to acquire interests in Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars.

It’s bittersweet, but after more than 20 years as owners Diane, Travis and I are looking forward to Dennis Murphy, said Ray Goff.  Goff’s moving on: Mr. Murphy Caprio’s Cellars is also family owned and has a proven reputation for quality wine and exceptional hospitality.  I know that the reputation of our employees, distributors, customers, brands and wineries is in good hands.  Mr. Murphy, in collaboration with the McKibben family and the Pelle family, is well positioned to develop these companies in this dynamic sector.

Negotiations for the purchase of the Goff family’s stake began in the autumn of 2020 and were completed on the 31st. December 2020. This acquisition includes interests in Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars, as well as Walla Walla Vineyard with tasting facilities in Woodinville, Washington and Vancouver, Washington.

I am honored to be part of the legacy of these important Walla Walla cellars and to continue them, says Dennis Murphy, winemaker and owner of Caprio Cellars. Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars are both leaders in quality viticulture thanks to their innovative technology and the development of their vineyards. His commitment to the Walla Walla Valley has helped define it as a great wine region. I look forward to working with the McKibben and Pelle families in this exciting new venture as we continue to build on their success.

This acquisition will enable the future expansion and further success of these major wine brands in the Walla Walla Valley. Mr Murphy joins the other partners of Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars, Norm McKibben, Eric McKibben and Jean-François Pelle.

Ray Goff has played a very important role in our history for more than 20 years and has helped create a pioneering spirit that continues today through our dedication to creating ultra-premium wines while building a strong family business, said McKibbens and Jean-François Pellet, partners at Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars. We know Mr. Murphy has the same pioneering spirit and passion for the family tradition. We welcome him as a partner and look forward to new opportunities.

About Pepper Bridge Winery

Pepper Bridge Winery embodies the pioneering spirit of the Walla Walla Valley. The family winery is a leader in quality winemaking, innovative technology and vineyard development. For more than twenty years, their hard work and dedication to the Walla Walla Valley have helped define it as one of the great wine regions of the world.

Pepper Bridge Winery produces Bordeaux wines from mature vineyards. Winemaker Jean-François Pelle combines his unique skills in viticulture and winemaking with science and art to create distinctive, terroir-oriented wines with a focus on quality and a commitment to sustainability. Using traditional winemaking techniques, 100% French oak and 100% fruit from the AVA Walla Walla Valley estate, the Pepper Bridge wines are collector’s items that show the complexity, structure and balance. By combining old-fashioned philosophy with modern innovation, the brand has become a leader in the ultra-premium wine sector.

About the Amazon Caves

The Amavi cellars stand for love (love) and life (life) through our wines that are grown 100% on the estate, are certified sustainable and come 100% from the Walla Walla valley. We are committed to producing wines that reflect the specific personality of the region.

About the two cellars

Quality, hospitality and sustainability are our core values. Our vineyards: Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Octave, Goff, Les Collins and Summit View are grown sustainably. We promote the health of the soil instead of exploiting it, and we look for environmentally friendly alternatives to fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. We are committed to preserving the earth, but also to improving it for future generations. And we insist on having a good time while we’re doing all this!


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