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Winemaker's Journal — Saint Laurent to close its tasting room Sept. 1

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Saint Laurent Estate Winery, one of the Wenatchee Valley's oldest and most respected wineries, will close the doors to its tasting room Sept. 1. The winery announced Friday that the winery has been sold to a Seattle wine industry family. 

Mike and Laura Mrachek have decided to retire from wine production and distribution to focus on their other business operations, Cascade Analytical and Lucky Bohemian Orchards, said Don Weaver, Saint Laurent sales director. The winery produced about 5,000 cases annually. Winemaker Bryan Mrachek did not make wine in 2010 and 2011 due to crop shortages.

The Mracheks will continue to grow wine grapes on 300 acres in the Mattawa area. Most of the grapes from those vineyards, in addition to making their own wines, have been sold under contract to Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest wineries. They also farm close to 200 acres of apples and cherries.

"They have so many endeavors going. They felt this was a good time to downsize," Weaver said. 

The family has not released the name of the new owner. The Saint Laurent label will continue, however, Weaver said, and Saint Laurent wines will continue to be distributed throughout the state and farther.

Established in 2003, Saint Laurent Estate wines have won many awards for its classically approachable white ane red wines. The small boutique winery was one of the first in the region to achieve state-wide distribution. The tasting room overlooking the Columbia River at 4147 Hamilin Road in Malaga has been the site of many weddings, concerts and other memorable events.

The tasting room will remain open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 1. Tastings Monday through Wednesday can be arranged by appointment by calling the winery at 888-9463.