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 …

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS 6320 Silverado Trail Napa CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 robertsinskey.com PEOPLE In the 1970s Robert Sinskey was a practicing doctor with a sideline penchant for grape growing. By 1985 he had 115 acres under vine and a will to create his own eponymous vineyard designate. The winery took shape in 1988 and soon …

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 …

CLOS SARON

CLOS SARON 9269 Collin House Road Oregon House CA 95962 (530) 692-1080 clossaron.com PEOPLE Husband-and-wife team Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice are the owners of Clos Saron. They live among their vineyards in the northern reaches of the Sierra Foothills. VINEYARDS The heart and soul of Clos Saron is its three-acre “Home Vineyard,” which, though …

LIMERICK LANE

  LIMERICK LANE (SNAIL) 1023 Limerick Ln. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-9211 limericklanewines.com As the current generation of a family steeped in the traditions and history of California viticulture, Jake Bilbro represents both the future and past of California wine. His forward-leaning approach to farming and winemaking has delivered some of the best wine of …

CERITAS

  CERITAS (SNAIL) 60 W. North St. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 955-4544 ceritaswines.com Ceritas and its extraordinary wines represent a benchmark in California winemaking today. A leader in the growing movement of sustainable viticulture in the state, its products represent the perfect marriage between compelling quality and respect for the land. PEOPLE Husband and wife …

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 …

FRONT PORCH FARM

    FRONT PORCH FARM 2550 Rio Lindo Ave. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-8683 fpfarm.com   PEOPLE In 2010 Mimi and Peter Buckley bought property just east of Healdsburg as the next step in a line of conservationist endeavors. Wanting to successfully put into practice environmental and agricultural beliefs, the goal was to create a …

AMPELOS CELLARS

    AMPELOS CELLARS 312 N. 9th St. Lompoc CA 93436 (805) 736-9957 ampeloscellars.net PEOPLE Peter and Rebecca Work purchased their 82-acre estate in the Santa Rita hills of Santa Barbara county in 1999 and in 2001, they decided to devote themselves full-time to grape growing and winemaking. Vineyard manager Jeff Newton consults on growing …