Standing on the back patio of our home, located at the base of the Vaca Mountain range, on Silverado Trail and overlooking the upper Napa Valley, it can be seen clear as crystal that a spectacular amount of love, and hard work, along with the occasional tear, went into making our vineyard what it is today. When we first acquired the land, two years ago, it is safe to say that it was nothing special to look at, however the location amongst world class vineyards, instantly sparked our imaginations and the possibilities were seemingly endless for the nearly two acres of plantable land. It is this imagination that continues to be the power plant of our family’s adventure into the wonderful world of grape growing and wine making.
Our quest has been anything but easy however, after ripping the incredibly rocky top soil, and clearing as many of the stones as possible, we were able to plant 2,025 Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines and hope to see the first production of wine from our vineyard in 2012. Along side the vineyard we have planted a small organic garden, that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables that provide a burst of seasonal flavors that pair wonderfully with our Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Rose`. To go along with the garden and vineyard we are lucky to be blessed with twenty-five ancient olive trees and forty-eight newly planted olive trees. These trees comfort us with a great measure of shade and are soon to provide estate grown olive oil that will without a doubt find its way into many recipes with our organic vegetables and copious other dishes.
Throughout the past few years, every member of our family has contributed greatly to the success and development of our land, whether it was clearing brush, grading the land or repainting the garage, everyone came together to make this dream come true. Our family has grown to love the vineyard for an array of reasons. Whether it is the cool mornings drinking coffee overlooking the vineyard, sipping a glass of wine as the sun sinks behind the western hills of Napa, seeing how many of the “Girls” have flown the chicken coop, or the property’s location on the eastern side of the Napa Valley and in the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the Napa Valley, the Calistoga AVA, or even the simplest idea that we can be a sustainable practice and live a little more independently, whatever the reasons we just cannot get enough of this place.