Taste & Tour
Our winery is located in the hills above St. Helena and is available by appointment only for tours and tastings. To check availability and schedule a visit please contact us. During much of the year we book several weeks in advance, so please contact us early if you are planning a trip to Napa. We limit our tours each day to ensure you are not rushed and plan to allow for time to relax and enjoy the property.
Our Howell Mountain vineyard resides on a 100 acre hillside property. Planted between 1997 and 2002 are 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. We also cultivate 6 acres of blending varietals. The vines span two distinct vineyards which we have the privilege of farming. Amphitheater vineyard derives its name from its shape across the hillside. Rancho del Oso, nearest the winery, is our original vineyard. The Howell Mountain region is home to many great California Cabernets. A day here in the mountains can include tours at neighboring wineries that we can suggest to you as well.
We believe that architecture should flow harmoniously with the environment, enhancing the beauty of the land, not detracting from it. With this as our guide, we chose stone for the exterior, to blend with the color and texture of our mountainside. Our architect then tied the stone and glass structure closely to our hillside, making the building blend perfectly with our site. The fermentation room houses state of the art tanks, architectural in their shape, yet maximized for function. We integrated glass wherever possible in order to bring the beauty of our mountain into our living and working spaces.
The landscape design blurs the line between the untouched and planned. Olives, rosemary and lavender frame the views with accents of colors throughout the verandas.
We created an 11,000 square foot cave by drilling into the hillside behind the winery. The semicircular construction with soaring 26 foot ceilings gives the impression that the cave continues forever. In keeping with the theme of esthetic simplicity, the cave remains uncluttered. The red wines rest in this beautiful environment for almost two years prior to bottling. Our cellar team believes strongly that the wine improves greatly by the variety of musical styles piped in during the aging process. You can taste Beethoven in the tannins.