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The Vineyardist

The Vineyardist The Vineyardist is a premium winegrowing estate in Calistoga and the home of The Vineyardist. In 2000, husband and wife team, Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola, purchased the historic property. Inspired by Italy’s classic wine families and their passion for working the land, they searched for ten years to find a suitable site to develop into a world-class wine estate. In 2002, Jim Barbour, one of the Valley’s leading viticulturalists, was hired to redevelop the vineyards. He chose the steep, rocky hillside with well-drained soils to plant Cabernet Sauvignon. Organic farming specialist, Phil Coturi, is the estate's vineyard manager. The terrain’s daytime temperature remains slightly cooler than the Valley floor and experiences somewhat warmer temperatures in the evening due to the ocean breezes from the Chalk Hill Gap. The resulting “banana belt” microclimate is ideal for maturing Cabernet. Mark Herold was added as winemaker in 2003to develop the wine program. A true renaissance artisan, he also describes himself as an accomplished scientist and holds a Ph.D in Ecology from University of California-Davis. His success in working with new, highly esteemed wine brands was essential to the creation of a singular wine expressing the estate’s characteristics. The first five vintages were declassified to achieve maximum quality upon our first release. Dirk and Becky continue on their path to transform the property into one of Napa Valley’s most respected Cabernet vineyards. They undertook a multi-year project to restore the original 1879 Victorian home and completed its renovation in accordance with Napa Valley landmark standards. As stewards of their land, they farm organically and sustainability. Their estate crops include wine, olive oil, citrus and culinary herbs.


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263 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga, CA, US, 94515 Email:
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