Our story is really pretty simple…we love wine. We love how it tastes. We love the vineyards – how they look and feel. We love working the land and making the wine. Frankly, we love everything about it.
Wine has always been a staple at our dinner table and a center piece of our entertaining. As our passion for wine grew, we began traveling to the great wine regions around the world to learn about varietal differentials and to taste. Some of our favorite places and inspiration have come from our time in the wonderful wine regions of Italy. The Napa Valley, however, has always been special to us. We were drawn of course to the wine – but the wonderful people and the beauty of the place convinced us we would someday call this home.
In 2012 we took the plunge and purchased a beautiful 12 acre estate in the Calistoga foothills. After years of dreaming, planning and preparation we planted the first acre of Cabernet Sauvignon and Ash Fall Wines was born. Our name and logo comes from the rich and unique soil and geography of our appellation and micro climate formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Our middle son, Kyle, came home to Calistoga in July of 2014 after working and travelling abroad and began working in the wine industry. He gained invaluable experience as a cellar intern for Clos Pegase in 2014 and now works for Robert Sinskey Winery heading up sales in California.
Kyle will assist in vineyard management, wine making and sales. He has created his own label, Observatory, which will be featured along with Ash Fall Wines and Non Nomen wines in the HTBE (Hope to Break Even) portfolio of wines.
George, our Rat Terrier rescue, has played an important role in our vineyard management. He is in charge of chasing the rabbits out of the vineyard every evening.
September 22, 2016 marked the day of our first harvest. Friends and family will attest to our new tradition of retiring to the vineyard at sunset with everyone picking a row and pulling a few weeds and being rewarded with a bright, bold glass of wine to celebrate the sunset. Today, that wine is quietly resting in their carefully cured oak barrels and will be released sometime in 2018. We really can hardly wait to enjoy what we (along with some pretty amazing help) have managed to create from our soil.
Our wine making goals are pretty simple as well: “We aspire to craft wines that are representative of ‘place,’ well balanced, food friendly and can be enjoyed young and with age.”
Come with us on this journey as we share this dream with our family and friends and new friends we will meet along the way.
Chris, Suzanne, Kyle and Georgie