Our guiding philosophy is quite simple: great wines always begin with exceptional fruit. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Since 2003, our vineyards have been in full production, and our wines are 100% estate-grown, produced, and bottled. We have 366 total acres planted in five vineyards that form a string of pearls running through the heart of Napa Valley: American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford, and Calistoga. Each has its own unique climate, and we have carefully chosen the varietals best-suited for each vineyard’s terroir. Because our vineyards are so vital to the success of our winemaking, we put great emphasis on being thoughtful stewards of our land and vines. We have done so for more than 30 years, and that is one primary reason why Grgich Hills has consistently produced award-winning wines that are enjoyed across America and all around the world.
With cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures, our 34-acre Calistoga vineyard is perfect for growing sun-loving Zinfandel, 2.9 acres of which was planted more than 100 years ago. Our Miljenko’s Old Vine Zinfandel is the showcase for these wines.
Dates Planted: 1889, 1985, 1999 and 2000
Total Acreage: 33.92
-7.6 Cabernet Sauvignon
-2.58 Petite Sirah
Soil: Reddish, gravelly, loam that has excellent drainage
The Rutherford appellation boasts a warm, well-suited climate for growing full-bodied, extracted Cabernet. In 2000, 17.3 acres of Cabernet was planted in our vineyard surrounding the winery. We also have one acre of Petit Verdot which we blend into Cabernet.
Purchased & Planted: 1977
Total Acreage: 18.4
-17.4 Cabernet Sauvignon
-1 Petit Verdot
Soil: Gravelly clay loam which is part of the Rutherford alluvial fan
Located on the valley floor, our 63-acre Yountville vineyard grows classic Bordeaux varietals. This vineyard is home to a 25-acre plot which are the second oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines and were planted in 1959. These vines are featured in our Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dates Planted: 1959, 1997, 2000 and 2001
Total Acreage: 62.68 total acres
-54.45 Cabernet Sauvignon
-5.4 Petit Verdot
Soil: Clay loam and loam topsoil, pebbly subsoil that encourages the vine’s roots to dig deep for nutrients and water
Summer fog and constant cooling wines make it arguably one of the finest regions to grow Chardonnay. These prized vines produce our legendary Chardonnay and the best blocks are reserved for our Paris Tasting “Commemorative” Chardonnay and Miljenko’s Selection Chardonnay.
Dates Planted: 1989, 1990, 1994 and 2000
Total Acreage: 87.5
-5.2 Sauvignon Blanc
-2.5 Cabernet Franc
Soil: Clay, loam
This is the largest of our five vineyards. With slightly cooler temperatures than Carneros and stronger winds that reduce the vines’ vigor, we are able to receive higher quality, concentrated fruit.
Planted: 1998, 1999 and 2000
Total Acreage: 163.44
-49.57 Sauvignon Blanc
-4.00 Riesling and Gewürztraminer
Soil: Primarily sandy loam, some clay loam topsoil over slate subsoil. Merlot planted to clay.