Chiles valley is located near the Vaca mountains of California. This region has well-drained soil and warm climate. These both factors create a suitable atmosphere required for the growth of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel grapes. The terrain of Chiles valley wineries is very different as compared to the other wineries because grapes can be grown only on the floor of valley. The level of acidity in grapes also remains maintain because of high diurnal temperature.
Origination of Chiles valley
It was named after Joseph Chiles, the person who got the Mexican land grant by the governor Manuel Micheltorena in the year 1841. This large grant is also known as Rancho Catacula. This place was earlier rich in tin that was mined by the local people in 1881. You will also found gypsum in the southern part of Chiles valley. This land is also affected by maritime breezes due to its eastern location. There are few but beautiful wineries in this valley. It is spread in a total area of 6000 acres.
Most famous wineries in Chiles Valley
1. Brown Estate:
This winery is manufacturing wines since 35 years. 1996 Zinfandel was the first wine made by the Brown Estate winery. They have own 40 acres land area for growing grapes. Zinfandel grapes are Brown’s specialty and it is grown in about 75% of the vineyard acreage.
This vineyard encompasses 200 acres but only 31 acres of this land is used for making vines. It is known for Sobrante vine containing 30% Syrah and 70% Zin. Green and red winery has three different vineyards having distinct texture and soil density.
Norman Alumbaugh established this vineyard in the year 1995. Here you will find the red wines at affordable price. Cabernet Sauvignon is a mixture of 14% Merlot and 86% Cab. In addition to this, Sauvignon Blanc having citrus flavor is also produced in this winery.
It is one of the oldest family-owned winery in the Napa valley. Anton Nichelini also grows fruits here which are used in producing wines. This vineyard is famous for manufacturing Muscadelle and Primitivo wines.
This estate was among the earliest Napa Valley vineyards which implemented organic farming in 1974. It specializes in red Bordeaux varietals. In this winery, Cabernet Sauvignon is made by adding Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
6. RustRidge Winery:
RustRidge Winery was formed by Grant Meyer and the Stan in 1985. Kent Rosenblum , the winemaker creates about 2000 cases annually. This winery manufactures a non vintage blend of 10% Petite Sirah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55 % Zinfandel. This blend is also known by the name of Race Horse Red.
7. Catacula Lake Winery:
Keith Family established this vineyard in 2001. Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are the specialties of this winery. They have a 15,000 square foot cave. There is also an amazing tasting room where you can taste wines of your own choice.