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Former Screaming Eagle co-owner buys Sonoma’s Wind Gap

The former co-owner of Screaming Eagle – Charles Banks – has purchased a controlling share in Wind Gap winery, Sonoma.

Banks, who left Screaming Eagle in 2009, told Decanter.com that his primary motivation was to produce a cooler climate, fresher style of wine in contrast to the critically applauded, but opulent style of Screaming Eagle.

‘When the winemaker and owner [Pax Mahle] at Wine Gap suggested we join forces, I jumped at the opportunity. Wind Gap is making wines that I enjoy drinking – cool climate, balanced wines that express their site. These wines complement one of our other wineries, Sandhi,’ he said.

The sale of the winery for an undisclosed sum includes a 50% share in Wind Gap, in addition to a separate brand called Agharta. Pax Mahle will continue to control the winemaking at Wine Gap, allowing Banks to focus on expansion into new markets.

‘We plan to follow our other brands into Europe and Asia as production allows. Wind Gap’s wines are well suited for the sophisticated palates in the UK, Europe and, increasingly, Asia,’ Banks told Decanter.com

Banks added that his investment group, Terroir Selections, is also looking to purchase a winery in Napa Valley, in addition to a property in New Zealand and another project in South Africa this spring.

Written by James Lawrence

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