BOKISCH VINEYARDS

Bokisch Vineyards – Money Prize LODI 18921 Atkins Rd. tel. (209) 642-8880 www.bokischvineyards.com info@bokischvineyards.com 83 ac – 60,000 bt   PEOPLE Liz and Markus Bokisch have followed a circuitous path to becoming Lodi wine-growing pioneers. From California’s inner heartland to stints in Catalonia and the Napa Valley, the couple finally settled in Lodi in the …

CORISON

Corison – Bottle Prize SAINT HELENA 987 Saint Helena Hwy. tel. (707) 963-0826 www.corison.com visit@corison.com 13 ac – 36,000 bt   PEOPLE The inimitable Cathy Corison is a woman who needs no introduction, her quiet trailblazing and steadfast commitment to Na- pa terroir long ago having made a mark on the California wine industry. 2017 …

FROG’S LEAP

Frog’s Leap – Snali Prize 8815 Conn Creek Rd. tel. (707) 963-4704 www.frogsleap.com ribbit@frogsleap.com 250 ac – 720,000 bt   ‘‘Frog’s Leap is a testament to being a commercially successful winery while taking care of the land, one’s workers and making quality wine at honest prices”   PEOPLE Founded in 1981 with the funds from …

STONY HILL VINEYARD

Stony Hill Vineyard ST. HELENA PO Box 308 tel. (707) 963-2636 www.stonyhillvineyard.com info@stonyhillvineyard.com 40 ac – 48,000 bt   ‘‘Stony Hill, founded 70 years ago by Fred and Eleanor McCrea, was sold to long-time family friends the Ted Hall family in August 2018″     PEOPLE This year marks winemaker Mike Chelini’s 45th harvest at …

SMITH MADRONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Smith Madrone Vineyards and Winery 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. Saint Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 www.smithmadrone.com   38 ac – 48,000 bt   PEOPLE An ambitious 22 year old Stuart Smith purchased a 200 acre property in Napa’s Spring Mountain District while still attending UC Davis’s viticulture program. He named it in honor of his …

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

Robert Sinskey Vineyards 6320 Silverado Trail Napa CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 robertsinskey.com   178 ac – 240,000 bt Bottle Prize –  awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE In the 1980s, the late Bob Sinskey, a lifetime doctor, foresaw the need for lighter red wines as the American diet began to …

LARKMEAD VINEYARDS

Larkmead Vineyards 1100 Larkmead Ln. Calistoga CA 94515 (707) 942-0167 larkmead.com   110 ac – 90,000 bt   PEOPLE In the late 1880s the rambunctious daughter of San Francisco’s genteel Hitchcock family was sent to live a more decorous life in the countryside. Lillie Hitchcock called the estate Larkmead after the numerous finches on the …

HEITZ CELLAR

  HEITZ CELLAR (BOTTLE) 436 St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-3542 heitzcellar.com PEOPLE Joe and Alice Heitz were pioneers of the modern American winemaking era. The couple purchased their first property in 1961, a time when only 12 wineries were left in the Napa Valley following the scourge of Prohibition. The incipient …

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 …