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.