Younan continues his investment in vineyards


Zaya Younan during his Illinois campus visit in 2016.As part of its ongoing expansion, La Maison Younan – led by MechSE alumnus Zaya Younan (BSME ’85) – has  acquired its third vineyard in the famed Grand Cru region of Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France called Chateau Ascumbas. This acquisition further expands the global private equity firm’s vineyard portfolio, Les Vignobles de La Maison Younan, in addition to its two other properties, Chateau la Croix Younan and Chateau Zaya, which produce some of the region’s best wines. 

Younan, CEO of La Maison Younan, said, “It has been of great enjoyment as a wine lover to expand our international footprint and to continue making wines in the most impressive region of the world – Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France. The land, soil, and vines at Chateau Ascumbas made it the perfect addition to our vineyard portfolio. We are eager to invest in and improve the viticulture and vinification processes at Chateau Ascumbas, just as we did at our two other properties, so that we can continue producing delicious wines for the world to enjoy.”

Younan was a recipient of a 2017 MechSE Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Younan Company is a global private equity firm that specializes in acquisitions and management of various assets and companies in the luxury consumer space. Today, Younan Company is recognized as a global luxury brand with more than $3.2 billion in assets under management through its several subsidiaries.

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