Founded in 1897, Pope Valley Winery manages to still elicit the feel of the early California pioneer lifestyle and a chance to reflect back on simpler times. Situated above Napa Valley on the northern face of Howell Mountain, the winery is built into the hillside and the estate vineyards were planted as far back as 1940. Today, Pope Valley Winery is run by the brother-sister team of David Eakle and Diana Eakle Hawkins. Their amazing wines are produced by Winemaker Greg Fitzgerald and Consulting Winemaker Jean Hoefliger.
Pope Valley Winery
The Stanton family has grown grapes in Napa Valley since 1947. They began making their own wine in 1999. For that first vintage and the next 3, they used grapes exclusively from their esteemed Oakville vineyard. They also own 2 vineyards in St. Helena.
They farm the land themselves, and the fruit they grow is sought by some of the most prominent wineries in the region. They keep less than 7% of the grapes grown on their properties for their own label, so they remain, and will remain a boutique winery. Acclaimed winemaker Dave Phinney joined the Stanton team in 2002.
Pott Wine is the brainchild of prolific winemaker, Aaron Pott, who, in the wine world, is something of a Rockstar. His philosophy that “winemaking is art” has driven his success for over 30 years making wine in various regions of the world. In addition to his own wine label, Pott consults for a dozen other wineries in Napa Valley. Pott Wines is a family winery producing high quality, hand-crafted wines from their organic estate vineyard and a few choice single vineyards around the Napa Valley.
Randle and MaryLee Johnson are long-time friends of Omaha Wine Company. Randle started as Winemaker for The Hess Collection in 1983, but he’s been making wine under his own label, Calafia, for 30 years as well. Made from their own estate grapes blended with small quantities of grapes from other vineyards, these fine examples of Napa Valley wine have managed to stay largely under the radar for all that time!
Owned and farmed by the Varozza family for over 100 years and across 5 generations, their vision “to create a lasting winegrowing and winemaking legacy anchored in respect for our land, passion for our craft and unquestionable integrity in all we do” has endured. Varozza Vineyard, located in St. Helena, is 38 acres consisting of seventeen blocks in which eight varietals are dry farmed and sustainably managed. Owners Jack and Dianna Varozza along with Winemaker Kristy Melton strive to achieve exceptional balance with a level of sophistication and concentration that preserves the most outstanding elements of the terroir and fruit.
Randy and Debbie Lewis established Lewis Cellars in Napa Valley in 1992. Randy, a former race car driver, traded the track for the vineyard and is hands on when it comes to making world-class wines from the finest fruit in Napa Valley. Their total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The white wines showcase classic winemaking techniques and the trademark red wines are big, spicy, concentrated wines that are balanced and mature, full of black fruit and mouth-coating tannins.