Our 1200-acre estates has 600 acres of vines on it, planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as smaller amount of Bordeaux blending varietals, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc.
Situated above the fog line, the estates offers a mix of steep, rocky, well-drained soils in its higher elevations and loamy, well-drained soils in the lower ones. There are more than 50 blocks within the estate, a true patchwork quilt that takes advantage of the variations in soil, elevation and exposure to best match varietal, rootstock and clone to attain the ideal expression of this site.
The highest elevations of the property, built on the mountainsides, are planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon and its blending varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
The high altitude (1,800 feet) means cooler daytime temperatures and a sunny haven above the fog line during the growing season. Heat inversion also means warmer nighttime temperatures.
The steep, rocky and well-drained soils result into low yields (three pounds) per vine, but the fully ripened grapes show great structure with concentrated fruit, and focused and persistent flavors. Tannins are ripe, balanced, and integrated.
The lowest elevations, still at 1400 feet above the valley floor, are in the Foss Valley that is perfectly suited for growing Chardonnay. Typically it’s still above the fog line, so that full day of sunlight gets to work its magic on our Chardonnay grapes, too, which we’ve planted here in rows of loamy, well-drained soils. Nighttime temperatures are even cooler here than the estate’s higher elevations, which brings out Chardonnay’s aromas and flavors while maintaining acidity. The resulting wine is rich and creamy with refreshing fruit flavors and hint of minerality.
The Sangiovese grow in the far northeastern corner of the estate, the Syrah in the heart of the estate, Sauvignon Blanc in the southeastern corner and the Pinot Noir close to its Burgundian cousin, the Chardonnay.
Some Wines from the Estate Vineyard
Request A Tour And Tasting Visit
We invite you to enjoy a private tour and tasting at our estate in the breathtaking eastern mountains of Napa Valley. We accept appointments for groups of up to 8 people at 10 a.m. or at 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, and on Saturdays during the summer. After the tour of the estate and winery, sit down for a tasting of Antica Napa Valley's current releases in our beautiful guest room, which offers expansive views of the estate. Experience lasts approximately 90 minutes.