Boisset adds Rutherford’s Elizabeth Spencer cellar to his family collection


The acquisition includes Elizabeth Spencer’s Rutherford destination, a wine portfolio and tasting room located in a historic 1872 post office building on Rutherford Cross Road

ST. HELENA, CA (December 8e, 2021) – The Boisset family today announced the addition of Elizabeth Spencer Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley to their collection of wineries and destinations. Boisset’s purchase includes Elizabeth Spencer’s portfolio of small-production Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wines, and its location on Rutherford Cross Road, where the historic 1872 Post Office building welcomes guests to a tasting room , outdoor gardens and a studio.

The founders and husband-and-wife team Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham both fell in love with wine independently and embarked on a lifelong career in the wine industry before meeting. After their marriage, they pursued their vision together and established their linked winery in 1998 named after each of them – Elizabeth and Spencer – to reflect their committed partnership. Elizabeth Spencer Winery is the realization of their dream. Their winery was built on the importance of strong relationships, starting with their own dynamic personal and professional bond, and extending to their extensive network of producers, employees and ultimately their customers.

“For over twenty years Elizabeth and Spencer have pursued their passion for creating a community of loyal wine lovers with the exquisite hospitality and generosity of spirit of Elizabeth and the wine curiosity of Spencer. The destination they created in the heart of Rutherford speaks to their vision, steeped in history with a welcoming environment at the crossroads of history. We are honored to be tasked with pursuing their vision and look forward to contributing our inspiration to the phenomenal journey they have started, ”exclaimed Jean-Charles Boisset, owner of Boisset Collection. “We are captivated by the vibrant site they created, steeped in history at the vital crossroads of Napa Valley and their strong family culture, from growers to customers. “

“We are delighted to leave our brand and our ownership in the very experienced hands of Jean-Charles Boisset and the Boisset Collection,” said Spencer Graham. “Elizabeth Spencer Winery will continue to grow and prosper with such a seasoned new owner who has an enduring passion for wine with an international outlook and a deep appreciation of history and a sense of belonging,” added Elizabeth Pressler.

At the crossroads of Rutherford, the undisputed “heart” of Napa Valley, Rutherford, CA (Pop. 525), Elizabeth Spencer is an iconic destination steeped in history and strategically located on Highway 29 between Yountville and St. Helena. The search for a destination in Rutherford builds on Boisset’s interest in Napa Valley, where she has wineries and destinations in Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville and, soon, downtown Napa.

“We love Napa Valley… we want to be in every village in our valley; and as a Frenchman, Rutherford has been a dream of mine for many years… He breathes the history of wine and the origins of this great valley, ”said Boisset. “The brick post office building from 1872 is a jewel in Napa’s history and we intend to continue to be the steward of it, as Elizabeth and Spencer have done so well.”

Elizabeth Spencer joins Boisset’s family portfolio of historic, lifestyle and gourmet retail destinations in France and California including: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, Rhone Valley, Provence, Southern France, the Russian River Valley, Sonoma and Napa. Boisset’s portfolio is rooted in history, heritage and land, to which Elizabeth Spencer is a perfect complement.

Boisset has long championed certified sustainable, organic and biodynamic® practices in its Sonoma County, Napa Valley and France estates, and Elizabeth Spencer aligns with the same commitment. The two wineries also defend the leadership of women in the world, respect for history and commitment to conviviality as a fundamental value. Boisset is renowned for being an advocate of American wine history, including its restoration of Buena Vista Winery, Oakville Grocery and its upcoming restoration of Calistoga Depot, in addition to its two museums celebrating the history of wine – in Buena Vista Winery and the 1881 Napa Museum at Oakville Wine Merchant.

About Boisset Collection

Boisset is a family collection of historic and unique wineries and living destinations linked by a common cause: authentic local wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence. With more than twenty-six historic and prestigious tranquil and effervescent wineries in the main terroirs of the world, including Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, the Rhone Valley, the south of France, the Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley in California. Its California vineyards include: DeLoach Vineyards, Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery and JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset. Its French properties include: Domaine de la Vougeraie, Jean-Claude Boisset, Bouchard Aîné et Fils, J. Moreau et Fils, Louis Bouillot, Domaine Maire, Fortant and Bonpas. Each house retains its unique history, identity and style, and all are united in the search for fine wines expressing their terroir. Wine is at the center of Boisset’s mission and is complemented by spirits, beer, cider, gourmet products and luxury goods, both of its own design and through partnerships with historic companies such as Baccarat, Lalique, St. Louis, Riedel, Christofle, and Bernardaud.

To learn more about the Boisset Collection, please visit our website here.


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