Vines & Wines

Winemaker Brett Adams and I agree that great wine starts in the vineyard and producing extraordinary wines requires sourcing exceptional grapes. Focused farming methods that can maximize each vintage’s potential are a critical part of that process, so we like to monitor operations in vineyards we source from. We believe close collaboration with growers is in their best interest and results in our ability to produce exceptional wines from the very best vines.

Having attended UC Davis viticulture classes and being deeply involved in day-to-day farming operations for 15 years, has provided a great foundation to monitor vine development and address the needs of the vines. Because you will never have all the answers, nor have experienced every scenario that a farming life encounters, I also consult with viticulturist, Garrett Buckland, of Premiere Viticultural Services, on the best practices for growing superior vines that can produce the finest fruit possible.

Our focus will remain the same for every wine we craft: selecting the best fruit from select vineyards and drawing out the unique characteristics of those grapes. Each of our single- vineyard designated wines is very limited in production and a rare opportunity to experience what we call “SummitVine”.


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SummitVine Ranch

SummitVine Ranch is the kind of project you would dream of, providing not only a wine country lifestyle but also the opportunity to be involved in the wine growing industry. Since the inception of a vineyard estate in 2001, SummitVine Ranch has grown into a successful farming operation with two distinctive hillside vineyards: Cori’s Vineyard and Sophie’s Vineyard, both named after two very special dogs that have their paw prints deep in the soil of SVR.

Located within the Diamond Mountain District in northwestern Napa Valley in the Mayacamas Mountains, the ranch is situated approx. 1450 feet above the valley floor. The steep slopes of SummitVine Ranch allowed only 6 of the meager 550 acres planted to vines in this highly revered AVA. With porous volcanic soils and high-elevation climate, these vines produce distinctive earthy flavors, wrapped around rich, opulent and beautifully integrated tannins.

The two SummitVine Ranch designated wines we offer represent the unique climate, soils, exposure and elevation of the Ranch and are the foundation to our philosophy of making single-vineyard designated wines.

SummitVine Ranch fruit has been the source for highly acclaimed and award winning wines since the first harvest in 2004 and continues today under our SummitVine label.