TESTIMONIALS

“Erik and the entire team at METIS should be commended for their efforts in finding us a buyer who will continue our farming and winemaking philosophy at Johan. Organic and Biodynamic farming is not easy and takes a deep commitment. METIS stuck with us as we explored several possible transactions with multiple different buyers before finding the right party.  They discretely navigated the process, allowing us to continue to focus on our operations while exploring a sale on our behalf. We are thrilled that the new owner will keep Johan Vineyards as a biodynamic farm and winery. I have no reservations recommending METIS to anyone in the wine industry who is exploring a sale. They earned our trust, handling everything with professionalism, but also with a personal touch.  They knew what was important to us and worked tirelessly to achieve an outcome that we are thrilled with.”

– Dag Sundby, Owner and Founder of Johan Vineyards 

"Creating a successful outcome in the vineyard and winery merger and acquisition space is not simple. Erik McLaughlin and his team at Metis, at their core, understand how to bring together all the right elements to create deals where everyone wins, which is what I believe happened in our acquisition of Tapteil vineyard.  From market insights and intelligence, to persistence, follow through and execution of every important detail, this team is incredibly talented, well positioned, and experienced to deliver outstanding results for anyone looking to participate in the vital and exciting Northwest Wine Industry."

– Marty Taucher, Managing Partner, Avennia 

“If you need guidance in selecting a firm to help you identify the “right” buyer and assist you in the process of completing the deal, use Metis. From the preparation of the property information package to preparing and negotiating a purchase and sale agreement, Erik, Will, Chris and other Metis team members provided us with valuable service. With their in-depth knowledge of the wine industry and deep experience in sales, mergers and acquisitions, the Metis team expertly guided us through the complicated process of selling our vineyard, winery and house in the Red Mountain AVA to a buyer who shares our excitement about the future.”

– Jane and Larry Pearson, Tapteil Vineyard & Winery  

“We worked with the METIS team on a recent transaction where we were a counterparty to a seller they represented. We knew of their reputation for keen industry insight, broad depth of business knowledge, and strong deal making skills… and it is all well deserved. But it was their collaborative and solution focused approach in addressing the challenges of putting this deal together that was such a refreshing change from the normal gamesmanship and adversarial process. It was a true delight to work with their entire team.  We are thrilled with the outcome, and I know their client is as well. I would highly recommend METIS to anyone in our industry who needs assistance with a sale, merger, or acquisition.”

– Alison Sokol Blosser-CEO of Sokol Blosser Winery  

 

 

 

“The METIS team exceeded our expectations on every aspect of the sale of our vineyard. From the preparation of the marketing materials, during negotiations, and throughout the due diligence period, each member of the METIS team was incredibly professional and thorough in helping us close this sale. But most importantly, they found us a buyer who shares our deep commitment to sustainability and will continue stewarding the Kalita Vineyard into the future. We are very pleased with the outcome of this transaction and would highly recommend METIS to anyone thinking of exploring a sale in the wine industry.”

– Arthur Kalita of Kalita Vineyard

"Our transaction with Erik McLaughlin from Metis was thoroughly professional. Metis has exceptional attention to detail and handled the process with precision. Erik immersed himself into our business and articulated a complex business transaction to a diverse group of interested parties. I now understand why he has so much respect among those interested in winery and vineyard acquisitions."

– David O'Reilly, Owner of Owen Roe Winery

“We have worked with Erik before.  He understands our business and our objectives well, so I knew it would be worth our time when he asked me to take a serious look at Owen Roe.  As always, he shepherded the transaction through with absolute integrity, providing the creativity and persistence necessary to build bridges between multiple parties.”

– Pat Roney, CEO of Vintage Wine Estates

“Erik and the team at Metis advised us expertly throughout the process. They brought multiple buyers to the table, found the right parties who would build on the legacy of the vineyard, and negotiated a deal that everyone was excited about. I don’t think this deal would have gotten done without their persistence, dedication to detail, and industry relationships.”

– Charlie Conner, Owner of Conner Lee Vineyard

“Metis’ persistence, determination, and professionalism throughout the entire process was instrumental in guiding us through this formidable process. Erik and his team knew we wanted to take care of our employees and our customers above all, and they helped us negotiate a deal that makes sense for everyone. We are turning over our company with peace of mind and we absolutely couldn’t have done this without them.”

                                                                   

– Ron Coleman, Founder of Tamarack Cellars

“Not only did Erik and the team find us the right buyers, they helped structure a creative and relatively complex transaction and then guided us through an extremely thorough diligence process. I don’t think this deal would have gotten done without their relationships, expertise, and persistence.”

                                                       

– Howard Rossbach, President of Firesteed Corporation

“It was a pleasure working with Erik and his team at Metis. They were able to find the right partners and help us structure a very complex and creative transaction with utmost professionalism and confidentiality,”

 

– Ken Harrison, Founder of Abeja Winery and Inn

“Erik brings clear-eyed focus to a process that has many twists and turns. I’ve worked with him before and I’ll continue to work with him time and again because of his team’s expertise, persistence, and ability to bring people together to get a deal done.”

 

– John Oppenheimer, CEO of Columbia Hospitality

Any testimonials presented do not guarantee future performance or success

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