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About our winery:
In 1989, Teresa Norton and Tom Paine came to Napa Valley to retire – a dream that was quickly replaced by another when they learned their estate was prime cabernet sauvignon territory. In a matter of weeks, they were putting in a 3-acre vineyard under the watchful eye of lauded vineyard manager David Abreu and, within a year, planting cuttings from neighbors, Grace Family Vineyards. The first release in 1992 was warmly received by press and public alike.
The turn of the century ushered in the next phase of Vineyard 29. Along with the Vineyard 29 property, Chuck and Anne acquired the historic Aida vineyard in 2000 as a perfect complement to the Vineyard 29 site for expansion of the winery’s portfolio. With a new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, and the unquestionable skill of winemaker Philippe Melka, all the pieces were in place for Chuck and Anne to lead Vineyard 29 to a new and exciting level of winemaking.
For an in depth, behind the scenes look at Vineyard 29, we invite you to join Austin Gallion, our Director of Hospitality, for our Library Food and Wine Pairing Experience. Your visit begins by soaking up the expansive views of the valley from our terrace. From there you’ll walk through the winery learning about Vineyard 29’s wine making style. Your destination will be our Wine Library in our caves where Austin will lead you through tasting our current release wines, each paired with seasonally inspired small bites to complement the wine in your glass.
What makes us unique:
Our 17,000 square foot winery is built of stone materials, and terraced with landscape plantings to fit beautifully within the natural landscape of the vineyards that surround it. The winery design is gravity flow in nature, increasing the quality of the wine produced and substantially reducing undesirable aeration by pumps and winemaking machinery.
Designed to make the least environmental impact, the facility generates its own electricity using micro turbines. As a byproduct, this system “co-generates” all the winery’s hot and chilled water and cools the winery’s 13,000 square feet of caves.
A suberb blend of function and aesthetics, a walk through the Vineyard 29 caves may be as much a soothing experience for humans as it is for the wines. 13,000 square feet of man-made and immaculately maintained cave space serves not only as a dramatic showplace for our wines, but provides precise regulation of temperature and humidity for aging each barrel and bottle. The extreme care taken to keep our caves in optimal condition, in terms of temperature regulation, and overall cleanliness, allows us to ensure the lowest risk of exposure to elements which might be harmful to our developing wines.
The cave configuration consists of three distinct tunnels reaching 125 feet back into the Mayacamas Mountains. Another 25 feet further into the mountainside from the center tunnel is our Wine Library, 75 feet directly below the sauvignon blanc vineyard. Humidity is maintained at 70% by air condensers tucked away in a corner of the north tunnel.
Days and hours open
By reservation only ~ Please allow two hours. Contact Austin Gallion at 707-967-5440 to book your reservation.