From Burgundy to the USA, Domaine Faiveley acquires a majority stake in Williams Selyem

From Burgundy to the USA, Domaine Faiveley acquires a majority stake in Williams Selyem

by editorial staff

The second Côte d’Or’s biggest winery, a still family-owned one, will express its Pinot Noir expertise on the other side of the Atlantic. Objective: perpetuate the quality

California is increasingly in the spotlight and at the centre of the wine world. It’s also a destination of choice for some of the most important families in the world of wine and its history, such as Domaine Faiveley, which has gone from a small minority stake to near-ownership of one of the most prestigious wineries in Sonoma County, in Northern California. The company was founded in 1979 by Burt Williams and Ed Selyem. The acquisition is crazy: it includes not only the winery and its 54 hectares in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, but also a stock of warehouses with very large bottles.


Williams Selyem

Eve and Erwaan will not be on their own and will not be changing any of the current production protocols; it’s a sort of pact between respected selyems.
John and Kathe Dyson will retain a minority shareholding, and John Dyson will be there for another three years, along with managing director Jeff Mangahas and his team. Burgundy and California increasingly united. It’s fair to say that these two regions have Pinot Noir at their heart. Their attachment to wine, their meticulousness and their ability to wait, have made Faiveley the ideal partner.

Domaine Faiveley

With 122 hectares of property, Domaine Faiveley is one of the largest and most prestigious estates in Burgundy, with a marked specialisation in the noblest crus of the Côte d’Or.
The estate is run by Erwan and Eve Faiveley, the seventh generation of the family, and is one of the few to produce many of the most prestigious ‘Grand Cru’ (14) and ‘Premier Cru’ (24) wines, including Corton Charlemagne, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos des Corton, Echezeaux, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Clos de Bèze and others.