(formerly Harris Estate Vineyards)
We are a small producer of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calistoga AVA. We have three estate-grown vineyards planted in the diverse terrain of our 48-acre property. The wines from these vineyards are crafted by our winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and perfectly reflect the terroir of the Franz Valley area. Once a private boys school, our sprawling property offers a glimpse into the hard work and dedication we have put forth into Heritage School Vineyards. The vineyards and wine have become a true way of living for us and we hope to share it with you.
Tucked in the hillsides northwest of downtown Calistoga, Heritage School Vineyards continues to produce wines of impressive purity and texture. These full-bodied wines have personalities that reflect their mountainside location and ideal grape growing soils. Year after year I am impressed by the quality of grapes grown here, making this one of Napa Valley’s finest up-valley vineyards.
–Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker
Owner: David and Linda Jenkins
Winery Philosophy: David and Linda proudly stand by their vineyard specific, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon wines as among the best produced in Napa Valley.
David and Linda Jenkins began their life with wine through twenty year of travel in the wine regions of France, Italy, and California. After years of patience in waiting for the best site possible they took the plunge and acquired this unique vineyard property. With the help of their 4 daughters: Hannah, Casey, Julie and Missiaen, the Jenkins family diligently look over this historic Calistoga location. David and Linda proudly stand by their vineyard specific, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon wines as among the best in Napa Valley.
Varietals Produced: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Thomas Rivers Brown
One of the country’s most accomplished winemakers, Thomas Brown has brought his unique natural winemaking approach to Harris Estate Vineyards since 2006. Beginning his winemaking career at Turley Cellars in 1997 he is now responsible for producing some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated and sought after wines. Thomas and his staff work tirelessly throughout the year to make wines that reflect the unique locations of where their grapes are grown.
A steep, rocky site with red volcanic soils results in our most structured and concentrated wine. Planted in 1998 using 110R rootstock and clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon our Hillside Vineyard produces wines as breathtaking as the views from its slopes. These tiny, dark blue berries ripen near the end of September thanks to cool afternoon temperatures allowing for increased hang time and developed flavors.
Lakeview Vineyard is our mid-block vineyard planted to a wonderful combination of clone 6 & 337 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 rootstock. With excellent drainage on account of rocky and chalky soils this vineyard receives wonderful sunlight throughout the course of the day and produces wines of bold character with mouth filling flavors.
This 2.5 acre dry farmed vineyard makes full use of our wonderful weather. With a creek running the length of its east side its alluvial soils produce an elegant full bodied wine with wonderful earthy and dark fruit characteristics. Planted in 1998 to clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, the Creekside is almost always our last vineyard pick of the season.