Artisans & Estates Vineyards & Wineries has acquired the assets of La Jota Vineyard Company from Markham Vineyards. The winery is located on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley where Artisans & Estates already holds Keyes Vineyard.

A purchase price was not disclosed.

La Jota produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc wines. The Howell Mountain property consists of approximately 42 total acres with 28 planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. The winery was built in 1898 by San Francisco newspaperman Frederick Hess. Hess named the winery after Rancho La Jota, the Spanish land grant on which it is situated.

"We are delighted to turn over the La Jota reins to Artisans & Estates," said Bryan Del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards. "With their current holding of Keyes Vineyard on Howell Mountain, they understand and respect the history of La Jota and are very intent on helping the winery continue to thrive."

"The La Jota acquisition re-enforces our belief in the importance of land and terroir. We intend to continue the thoughtful stewardship of this special place," said Clay Gregory, president of Artisans & Estates. "We are committed to the Napa Valley and are very pleased to be investing further in this important growing region through this wonderful acquisition."

Artisans & Estates Vineyards & Wineries is an umbrella company that represents numerous high-end boutique winery properties.