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A Mexican winemaking family has purchased Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

The Rivero-González family, Mexican wine producers in Parras, Coahuila has bought the Riverhead vineyard for an undisclosed sum, the family announced in a press release.

The Rivero-González family has 15 years experience in the Mexican wine industry and is excited about this acquisition, according to the release. The purchase will help the Rivero-González family expand their interests beyond Mexico, it said.

María Rivero has been appointed as the new CEO of the vineyard.

The new owners have not decided whether they will retain the Martha Clara name, said marketing manager Kelly Tuthill. They plan to build on and enhance the vineyard’s legacy, she said. 

Winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez is not staying on, Tuthill said.

Robert Entenmann purchased the farm in 1978. He transformed what was a potato farm into a thoroughbred horse farm and later into a vineyard and winery. Entenmann named the vineyard for his mother.

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