Why We Love Family Run Napa Wineries

Through time, wine making has always been a family activity. The whole family, children included, would passionately participate in the gooey task of crushing grapes in huge vats, and proudly storing their rustic wines in ceramic jars. The tradition continues to this day; small-production, boutique Napa wineries continue to flourish, imbuing their home-produced wines with the same passion and love. Some of these homegrown wineries have achieved a level of excellence that beats even great corporate houses.

Some More Information About Different Napa Wineries

The Sullivan Napa Wineries:

Jim and JoAnna Sullivan optimized Rutherford Bench’s unique terroir of soil and climate to set in place organic and biodynamic farming practices that involve following the moon’s cycles to plant, prune and harvest grapes. Specially prepared organic manure stimulates the vines and soils to produce better flavors.
These farming practices when combined with the excellent terroir create legacy wines that age well with time. One of the top 50 wineries in the world, Sullivan Vineyards continues to produce its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and other wines with the same passion as when the family first began farming. http://www.sullivanwine.com

Nichelini Wine Label

The Nichelini Napa Wineries

: This is one of the oldest family-owned and operated Napa Valley wineries. This winery uses homegrown Chiles Valley grapes to produce remarkable reds and unique Bordeaux whites, which come from vine originally planted in 1946. The Nichelini family continues to carry forward the century old winery traditions originally incepted by Swiss-Italian immigrant Anton Nichelini. http://www.nicheliniwinery.com

Husch Napa Wineries:

The oldest winery in the Anderson Valley appellation, the Husch winery is located in Mendocino County (Northern California).  All grapes are hand harvested. Using specific clonal selections and yeast strains, Husch consistently produces world-class estate bottled wines from vintage to vintage. Visitors to the Husch Vineyards can not only enjoy a taste of their fine wines, but actually gain an understanding of the subtle art of matching wines with different food items! http://huschvineyards.com

Entrance to Ladera's tasting cellar

Ladera Napa Wineries:

Comprising of the Lone Canyon Vineyard on the flank of Mt. Veeder, and the Howell Mountain property, Ladera vineyards produces Cabernets that possess the distinctly intense flavor of fruit from well-drained hillsides. The founders believe in producing the best wines and have taken great care in choosing the soil and terrain to grow grapes. http://www.laderavineyards.com

Dutch Henry Napa Wineries:

Dutch Henry produces limited releases of excellent artisan Bordeaux varietals. Owned by Less and Maggie Chafen, this winery has been growing grapes in the valley for more than 28 years. The atmosphere of old world charm and hospitality when combined with a taste of their excellent wines makes for a winning combination. The exclusive “The Dutch Henry Gang” club allows members first priority to small production lots and exclusive winery events, including free wine tastings. http://www.dutchhenry.com

Chappellet's bottle designs are true family creations!

Chappellet Napa Wineries:

Since 1967, Donn and Molly Chappellet have been crafting world class wines on the spectacular Pritchard Hills, 1,200 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Vineyards are planted exclusively on high elevation hillsides, where grapes are farmed using sustainable farming techniques. This winery creates extraordinary age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons that express the distinctiveness of Pritchard Hill grapes. http://www.chappellet.com

These are just a few of the family run Napa Wineries we love. Keep an eye out for more!

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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