The Lytton Rancheria of California has purchased 269 acres of land, including 110 acres of vineyards, in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, from Jordan Vineyard and Winery for an undisclosed price, reported the Wine Spectator.
The land—the original vineyard the Jordan family bought in 1972 when they founded their winery—sits “close to the land that was illegally taken away from [the tribe] by the federal government," the tribal attorney Larry Stidham told the Spectator.
The Lytton Rancheria, a tribe of Pomo Indians, operate the San Pablo Lytton Casino, located about 20 minutes east of San Francisco in San Pablo. Their other holdings include commercial buildings and land in Santa Rosa and Windsor.
“The tribe was looking at economic diversification,” said Stidham, adding that the Lytton Rancheria has not announced its development plans for the property, although there is potential it will remain vineyard land.
According to Jordan CEO John Jordan, the parcel sold is “a piece of land that is no longer capable of delivering the quality of grapes we demand.”
The vineyard and winery was founded in 1972 on the 269-acre property by Denver oil and gas executive Tom Jordan and his wife, Sally. Since then, they purchased nearby land on higher elevation hillsides and benchlands to grow their famous Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also produces a Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
“The land is zoned for agriculture, but we’ve let 60 percent of the property go fallow since John [Jordan] embarked on winemaking quality enhancements in 2006,” explained Lisa Mattson, communications director for Jordan, to the Spectator.