We Are Reaching New Heights with Our Mt. Veeder AVA Acquisition!

Since our founding in 1978, Sequoia Grove has become one of the most recognizable and critically renowned family-owned producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Our label has become synonymous with our Rutherford Estate wines and those crafted through grower partnerships through the years into elegant wines that express the indelible characteristic from prestigious vineyards and premier AVAs including Atlas Peak, Coombsville, St. Helena, Calistoga, Oak Knoll, and Howell Mountain.

Now, for the first time in our storied history, we are excited to announce that the winery has acquired 104 acres of land within the prized Mt. Veeder AVA. “Mt. Veeder represents an exceptional area for winemaking in Napa Valley and is the first mountain estate owned by Sequoia Grove,” notes Rick Bonitati, President of Sequoia Grove Winery. “We’re extremely enthusiastic for how this acquisition helps diversify our estate properties, our grape sourcing, and the wines we will produce. It is especially important for us to invest in cooler climate sites like this one to help pave the long-term success of our winemaking program, opening up a new chapter and unique opportunity to express this compelling hillside terroir.”


This new property, which sits above the fog line and was originally owned by winemaker Donald Hess, is a distinguished addition from both a viticultural and visual perspective. The vineyard reaches elevations of over 1,700 feet and straddles the northeastern slopes of the mountain within the Mayacamas Range, unfolding via a steep road that meanders through a forested area and eventually opens to an expansive vista that spans from the Sonoma Coast to the Golden Gate Bridge. Mt. Veeder is the coolest of Napa Valley’s Mountain AVAs, enjoying gentle morning sun and cool marine breezes in the evening pulled in from San Pablo Bay. This, combined with the unique soils that are remnants of an ancient seabed, result in vines with small berries that are full of concentration and complexity. In the glass, they produce vibrant, mineral-driven Cabernet Sauvignon wines with a well-defined structure that emphasizes balance and invites long-term aging.

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After taking an initial selection of fruit from the 2023 vintage, Sequoia Grove will begin a two-year replant with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties. Along with our work in the vineyards, Sequoia Grove will maintain the 73 acres that are currently forested as part of our ongoing commitment to preserving Napa Valley’s natural landscape.


“Mt. Veeder produces wines of both power and elegance,” says Jesse Fox, Winemaker at Sequoia Grove. “The elevation and highly desired soil profiles produce balanced, structured, and complex wines that have remarkable hillside diversity. This new acquisition is incredibly exciting to me as a winemaker as well as for the future of the winery; it is a privilege to incorporate this site into our vineyard estates.”

Sequoia Grove’s holistic approach to our place within Napa Valley has continued to evolve over the last decade. A complete re-imagining of the winemaking facility and hospitality space culminated in 2018, and all estate vineyards have been or are undergoing complete replants. The recent Mt. Veeder acquisition adds to Sequoia Grove’s 2021 acquisition of the State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, bringing our total farmed estate vineyards to 120 acres. Further, the winery continues to build upon our commitment to precision farming techniques, viticulture, and sustainability.

We are deeply invested in environmentally responsible practices throughout and are proudly certified as a Napa Green Winery with our estate vineyards certified Napa Green Vineyard and Fish-Friendly Farming.

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