Don Townshend, owner of Townshend Cellar, a Colbert, Wash., winery, says he has purchased the assets of Caterina Winery, which is located in the historic Broadview Dairy building north of Riverfront Park on Washington Street.
Townshend says he plans to operate Caterina under its current name, and separately from Townshend Cellar, which he launched in 1998. It will continue to operate in its current location.
Caterina Winery was owned by Caterina Trust, which was formed by Spokane businessman Don Barbieri and his then-wife Heather Barbieri for the 1991 purchase of the business, says Stephen Barbieri, Don Barbieri's son.
Townshend says he has been familiar with Catarina Winery for years. He says it was the first place he began drinking locally made wines, and later received assistance from people at Caterina when he first started making wine himself.
Also, he says, "The property has a lot of potential."
Townshend is leasing 10,000 square feet of floor space in the lower level of the Broadview Dairy building, at 905 N. Washington, to operate Caterina. He says he plans to do some interior remodeling there to make that space more usable.
Caterina has two full-time employees and four part-time employees, Townshend says.
The winery makes cabernet sauvignon, merlot, viognier, chardonnay, and Riesling varietals, along with red and white wine blends, he says.
Townshend Cellar is located at 16112 N. Greenbluff Road, in Colbert. It employs six full-time employees, Townshend says.
Townshend Cellar makes a wide variety of red and white varietals, late-harvest dessert wines, and ports.
Both wineries buy their grapes from vineyards in Washington state, including in the Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, and Horse Heaven Hills, south of Prosser, Townshend says.
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