While the entire Napa Valley is a spectacularly geologically diverse region Vine Cliff Estate is in a magical place, as confirmed by a quote from Matt Kramer of The Wine Spectator.
“There are places in the world that are so special that the wine that is produced there becomes renowned. The eastern side of Oakville, CA coined ‘Magic Mountain’ is one of those places. What emerges from this rocky, sun-drenched soil is like no other Cabernet in the world.”
The rocky soils are the result of an event thousands of years ago when a single mountain in the Vaca Range split in two and collapsed, resulting in a rubble field of volcanic tuff rock. Vine Cliff Estate is in the canyon created towards the valley floor as well as, at the top of the Estate, the bench land that is so prized. Because we are on the eastern side of the valley our mountain vineyards are sun drenched while the western vineyards, along the Mayacamas Range, are in the shadow of the setting sun from late afternoon until setting.
Our team takes stewardship of the ‘magic’ of this special Estate and spares no step to ensure that we craft wines that are true reflections of this extraordinary terroir.
We are very proud the Sweeney family was so forward thinking as to resurrect the ghost winery that was known to be exceptional in Napa Valley, dating back to 1871, and to have Oakville wineries for neighbors such as Joseph Phelps Backus, Dalla Valle and Peter Michael Au Paradis, as well as being perched above Screaming Eagle.