June 10, 2009
New owners @ Old Sugar Mill


Now being served at the Old Sugar Mill: a set of new owners.

Koy Builders of Pomona, Ca. has taken over ownership of the Clarksburg tourist destination, which currently hosts tasting rooms for six local wineries.

The Old Sugar Mill's previous owners are Clarksburg Investment Partners, headed by local wine proprietor John Carvalho Jr. This Clarksburg company started renovations on the 75-year-old sugar mill in 2000.

Current tenants of the Old Sugar Mill include Todd Taylor Wines, Heringer Estates, Carvalho Family Winery, the Solomon Wine Company, Three Wines and Clarksburg Wine Company.

"Our owners have an inherent appreciation of and sensitivity toward the historic nature of Old Sugar Mill and its place in Clarksburg both past and present," said John Beckman of Koy Builders, in a statement. "We very much look forward to working with John Carvalho, and building on the good works he has already accomplished here."

Beckman's background in the wine industry includes stints in winery operations and marketing. He holds a degree in enology from the University of California, Davis.

So what might this ownership change mean for local wine lovers? Likely not much, at least for now.

"Things will probably go along as they were," said Duke Heringer of Heringer Estates, a longtime Old Sugar Mill tenant. "We're hoping for the best, and that we don't get stung with any increase in our lease. But the Old Sugar Mill's been great for us. We're seeing our (visitor) traffic increase every year. To be able to do a retail shop in a nice galleria has done us quite well."

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