Exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

In the very heart of the Napa Valley lies the town of Oakville. Once a steam train stop in the late 1800s, Oakville owes its name to the
dense groves of native oakwhich once blanketed the area. One hundred years later, the Oakville name is synonymous with excellence in
winemaking. A unique combination of soil, topography and climate join together here, creating an environment that makes Oakville a
viticultural treasure. But the proof of Oakville’s status as a world-class grape-growing region is the number of great Napa Valley wineries
that have planted their vineyards here. While mother nature has provided the key ingredients, a group of Vintners and Growers who are
dedicated to crafting the highest quality of wine from the Oakville soil have emerged.

 

We are the Oakville Winegrowers.

 

A B O U T  T H E  A P P E L L A T I O N

    Located in the heart of Napa Valley, the Oakville AVA is an officially demarcated two-mile-wide swath of Napa Valley that extends to 1,000 feet in elevation up the base of the Vaca Mountains to the east and 500 feet in elevation in the Mayacamas Mountains to the west. Within this small district you will find the greatest concentration of Napa Valley’s preeminent producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The Oakville district of Napa Valley is so influential that a simple recitation of prominent Oakville winegrowers, from pioneers Robert Mondavi and Joseph Heitz to powerhouse brands Groth, Far Niente, Opus One and Joseph Phelps, through “cult Cabernet” producers Dalla Valle, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle, tells the condensed story of Napa Valley wine.

    The excellent publicity of Oakville’s wines can in part be attributed to the unique quality of its soils and enviable climate, but the story doesn’t end there. Oakville is distinguished by more than its terroir. Here you will find family-owned vineyards tended by meticulous growers, visionary wine marketers and some of the world’s foremost winemakers, all working together to craft unique, spectacular wines.

    Napa Valley’s diverse, well-drained soils, sun-drenched summers and cool, dry falls make much of Napa Valley a superior place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

  All wine grapes are finicky in their own quirky ways, and minute differences can be the reason between good wines and great ones. When it comes to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville isn’t too hot; it isn’t too cold. It’s just right. That’s why Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville so perfectly expresses the essential qualities of the varietal in deep, complex wines with the structural integrity of acid and tannin that preserves the best wines for decades.

    Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the most renowned variety grown in Oakville, and by far the most widely planted, other grapes also fare well here. Red grapes, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Sangiovese, and white varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, grow well in Oakville too.

    The Oakville district was one of the first distinctive wine growing regions within Napa Valley to be officially recognized when it was granted AVA (American Viticultural Area) status in 1993. Today, the Oakville Winegrowers’ Association boasts more than 60 growers and wineries. Each spring, the Oakville Winegrowers welcome distinguished members of the international wine trade and press to the Taste of Oakville, where tastemakers and wine merchants are offered a sneak peak at soon-to-be-released vintages.