The name SummitVine harkens back to the ranch developed by us, Susan and Michael Klopka, starting with our discovery of raw land on the west slopes of the Mayacamas in Napa Valley. What we wanted to create was a place where people would love to visit and that would inspire traditions that defied packed schedules and hectic lives. We embarked on this adventure in 1998, when on our first trip to look at property we saw the land we now call home, high up on Diamond Mountain.
Growing wine grapes was not part of our initial vision. In 2000, learning that Diamond Mountain was gaining AVA status, we realized that growing and making wine from grapes within that AVA could yield something truly unique.
The first vineyard was planted in 2001 and by 2004 the fruit was so extraordinary that a winery, with that vintage, started an eight year run making an award winning, vineyard designated, “SummitVine Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon. The contract changed hands and some of the fruit now finds itself in a flagship Diamond Mountain AVA wine from an award-winning winery.
The opportunity for the continuation of a “SummitVine Ranch” designated wine was in jeopardy and, over an early summer dinner in 2013, in the company of good friends and winemaker Brett Adams, Susan and I shared our disappointment. Talk was inspiring and in the end Brett, Susan and I agreed to pursue making a limited production, single-vineyard wine from select blocks of SummitVine Ranch. After careful deliberation, we decided to label the wine “SummitVine”, a name that would continue on after we could no longer stay and work the steep hillside estate and would stand as a constant tribute to the land that started it all.
Our bonded winery, MK Cellars, crafts wine under the “SummitVine” label. We are proud to have exclusive rights to the trademarked name “SummitVine”, which has become synonymous with “vines” growing grapes to their “peak” which produce wines at their “summit”!
This is how SummitVine Ranch was created. These are the roots to our, and now your, SummitVine experience.