Barnett Vineyards

Barnett Vineyards

Location Description

Located in the heart of Saint Helena, California.

Features

  • Producing hand crafted & exceptional wines.

Additional Information

  • Meeting / Conference Facilities:
  • Caves:
  • Wedding Facilities:
  • Picnic Facilities:
  • Dog Friendly:
  • Winery Tours:
  • Wine Tasting:
  • Art or Architecture:
  • Organic / Biodynamic:
  • Awards:
  • Wine Club:
  • Lodging / Bed & Breakfast:

Average Bottle Price

$ 75

Winemaker

David Tate is a native of British Columbia and has been our winemaker for eight years. David brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved in the industry for over 18 years. Most recently David was with Ridge Vineyards as the Assistant Winemaker. During five years atop Montebello he garnered immense amounts of knowledge in every facet of premium wine production. His experience at Ridge working with the Montebello Cabernet is especially relevant with respect to working with Mountain fruit.

History

Barnett Vineyards was founded in 1983 by Fiona and Hal Barnett with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve its own AVA and become known as a unique mesoclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots.

The Team

Kevin Hague

Kevin was drawn to hospitality at an early age growing up outside of Chicago. Seeking work in restaurants in a variety of capacities from prep cook to manager, this early experience culminated in a recurring position in fine dining with the Levy Restaurant Group during his last three summer vacations during college. It was during this time when he was exposed to working with premium wines, and an interest in wine culture was further enhanced by living in Europe for a semester.

Fiona Barnett

Fiona Barnett was born in Weymouth, England where she spent the first 6 months of her life. Her family then moved to Mexico City where they lived for 5 years. She spent the remainder of her childhood and school years in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hal Barnett

Hal Barnett, a 5th generation Californian, was born in 1948. Hal grew up in Stockton, California and lived there for thirty years. In the late 1970's he moved to San Francisco. Hal attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in business.

From the mid 1970's until the late 1990's Hal owned and operated a residential real estate development and building concern. Initially the building business was headquarted in Stockton, and then eventually moved to San Francisco.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Each wine made at Barnett Vineyards is either Estate Bottled, from Spring Mountain or from a single vineyard in another viticulture district that we have chosen. The wines, therefore, are inextricably linked to the vineyards from which they come from.

The Estate Vineyards are all located at the top of Spring Mountain. The majority of the vineyards are terraced on slopes that are 30 degrees or more. The original estate vines are almost 30 years old and are planted on a 6x10 grid. In the past few years much of the original vineyard has undergone redevelopment and now vines are spaced 4x4. The topography is so steep and the plantings are so closely spaced that traditional farming methods such as tractors and disking are not possible. The Estate Vineyards are completely farmed by hand from bud break until harvest. The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Both soil content and weather contribute to the uniqueness of the Estate Wines. The soils are poor in nutrients and contain much rock, the richer topsoil having washed down to the valley floor many years ago. This poorer soil makes the vines work harder to produce fruit, the results being smaller crops, and smaller more intensely flavored berries. The location and elevation of the property contribute substantially to the characteristics of the wine. The coastal fog which covers the floor of the Napa Valley most mornings during the growing season seldom reaches the top of Spring Mountain thus giving our vineyards several hours of sunlight each day of which the valley floor is deprived. The elevation keeps our temperatures an average of 8-10 degrees cooler all year which usually results in later bud break and a later harvest than vineyards located at lower elevations.

Be the first to review this item!

Hours

Tastings are arranged by appointment only, between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily

Address

4070 Spring Mountain Rd
St Helena, California 94574
United States

Get Directions

Advertisement
Newsletter