07 December 2020

Loma Prieta Sold

Loma Prieta Winery, California's largest Pinotage producer, has new owners.

Loma Prieta was founded by Paul and Amy Kemp in 2000. Paul soon fell in love with Pinotage, grafting all his estate Cabernet, Merlot and eventually Pinot Noir vines to Pinotage and leasing Pinotage vineyards on other parts of the State. 

Paul made three vineyard specific Pinotages, Amorosa and Karma Vineyards in Lodi and Sierra Ridge Vineyard in Suttervillein addition to his estate Pinotage, and was the first anywhere to produce a sparkling white Pinotage, which was made by the traditional method.

Paul Kemp died on 1 July 2018.

Loma Prieta has been bought by Chris Arriaga, a real estate developer and former U.S. Marshal. He and his daughter, Samantha, both residents of Saratoga, will continue to operate the winery under its existing name, retaining all staff, reports The San Jose Mercury News.  

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