SPOTTSWOODE

SPOTTSWOODE (BOTTLE) 1902 Madrona Ave. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-0134 spottswoode.com PEOPLE Founder Mary Novak led Spottswoode for over two decades. Today her daughters run the business. Beth Novak Milliken serves as president and CEO to the estate while her sister Lindy Novak acts as national sales manager. Aron Weinkauf serves as winemaker. Spottswoode …

SMITH-MADRONE

SMITH-MADRONE (BOTTLE) 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 smithmadrone.com PEOPLE Brothers Stu and Charles Smith arrived on Spring Mountain in 1971, when it was still mostly uninhabited—though they soon discovered that the site that would become Smith-Madrone was planted to vineyards prior to Prohibition. More than 40 years later, theirs is …

HUDSON

HUDSON (COIN) 5398 Sonoma Hwy. Napa CA 94559 (707) 255-1455 hudsonranch.com PEOPLE Lee Hudson exudes a boundless energy and visible eagerness to share the vision of his ranch with anyone who will listen. He first came to the valley in 1975 and after almost 40 years is more keen than ever on experimentation and stewardship …

TURLEY WINE CELLARS

TURLEY WINE CELLARS 3358 St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-0940 turleywinecellars.com PEOPLE Turley Wine Cellars is a brainchild of Frog’s Leap co-founder Larry Turley, a former physician. Wanting to shift his focus to old vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, he divested from Frog’s Leap and started hunting for old vineyards for his …

FROG’S LEAP

FROG’S LEAP (COIN) 8815 Conn Creek Rd. Rutherford CA 94573 (707) 963-4704 frogsleap.com PEOPLE Frog’s Leap is the epitome of a family winery, headed by the Williams family (founder John and son Rory) and flanked by the many vineyard workers, their sons, nephews, and other relatives that have joined the winery over the years. The …

VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE

  VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE (SNAIL) 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 965-9485 volkereiselefamilyestate.com The Volker Eisele Family Estate is one of the rare family-run small-scale estates in Napa where organic farming practices have always been practiced. Now managed by its second generation, it produces some of the most stunning Cabernet …

MATTHIASSON

  MATTHIASSON (SNAIL) P.O. Box 10880 Napa CA 94581 (707) 265 9349 matthiasson.com In part because of their advocacy for sustainable growing practices and in part because of the extraordinary wines they produce, Steve and Jill Matthiasson have set a high bar for California wine in the 21st century. PEOPLE Steve and Jill Matthiasson have …

EISELE VINEYARD

  EISELE VINEYARD (BOTTLE) 2155 Pickett Rd. Calistoga CA 94515 (707) 942-6061 eiselevineyard.com PEOPLE Purchased by the Eisele family in 1969, the property was sold in 1990 to the Araujo family who first implemented sustainable farming practices on the estate. The Pinault family purchased the estate in 2013 and reestablished the original the name to reflect …

ACUMEN

    ACUMEN (BOTTLE) 1315 1st St. Napa CA 94559 (707) 492-8336 acumenwine.com PEOPLE Garrett Buckland serves as viticulturist for Acumen vineyards. While Henrik Poulsen is lead winemaker. At its inception Steve Matthiasson helped to lead viticulture alongside Buckland Denis Malbec served as founding winemaker until his death in 2016. VINEYARDS Sitting near the top …

California wine country fires nearly contained as growers face mounting challenges

Yesterday Cal Fire (California’s statewide firefighting agency) reported that the Tubbs Fire, which devastated the state’s northern wine country this month, is now 94 percent contained. 36,807 acres were burned according to the latest update. Even as firefighters brace for the dreaded Santa Ana winds that are expected to hit Southern California this week (creating …