Sullivan Vineyards

About

Thank you for your interest in visiting Sullivan Vineyards. We would love to host you at our Rutherford Estate and share our wines with you. We offer a variety of special tastings and tours to provide you with the best experience possible. Reservations are required. Join us for a taste of our current release wines. Your tasting will include our Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Coeur de Vigne. *Complimentary for Sullivan Wine Club Members (up to 4 tastings). This tasting applies to parties of 10 or less. For parties of 11and more, please refer to Private Tastings**. Experience a selection of Library and Reserve wines from Sullivan Vineyards. Your tasting will include a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our Library along with our current release Coeur de Vigne and James O'Neil Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Complimentary for Sullivan Wine Club Members (up to 4 tastings). This tasting applies to parties of 10 or less. For parties of 11 and more, please refer to Private Tastings**. Enjoy delicious local cheese and charcuterie paired with wines from the Sullivan family cellar. Your tasting will include a Merlot and Cabernet from our Library along with our James O'Neil Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Rutherford, California.

Features

  • High quality wines and an intimate guest atmosphere.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 100.00

Winemaker

As consulting winemaker, Scott McLeod brings to Sullivan Vineyards & Winemaking a wealth of experience, and clarity of vision. Working previously in Italy's Chianti region, Scott developed a singular obsession: to make wine from the vineyard based exclusively on the care and diversity of the estate itself. It's the approach of a classic European winery—an estate vineyard based exclusively on terroir. Scott's ability to translate this approach in California has already been proven. Previously, Scott served as head winemaker for Rubicon Estate for 18 years, and was named Winemaker of the Year for 2009 by The Wine Enthusiast. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, Scott brings his passion for winemaking, talent and expertise to Sullivan Vineyards as our consulting winemaker.

History

Jim Sullivan’s passion for wine began in the 1950s. A simple grape arbor given as a wedding gift for the backyard of Jim and his new wife, Johanna, would eventually ignite a way of life.

As a graphic artist, known for his work with 60s icons such as The Monkees, and Dick Clark Productions, Jim's work was rooted in the artistic and creative innovators of his generation. His connection to musicians, artists and architects, writers and chefs would motivate not only his design work, but also his success in Napa.

Thanks to the inspiration of the wedding gift, Jim channeled his creative vision towards wine. He began to make wine at home, becoming part of a building wave of interest in quality wines in the United States. As Jim's winemaking skills grew, so did his passion for the vine.

Predicting a California wine boom, the Sullivans began the search for land in the sleepy farming community, Napa Valley. With the early 1970s, the Sullivans discovered the site that would become their family home and vineyards growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

By the 1980s, Jim's vision would be confirmed. Rutherford would be recognized as one of the finest places to grow Cabernet in the world, the Sullivans with vineyards in the heart of it.

Bringing their artistic vision to Rutherford, the Sullivans would collaborate with a lead architect, world-class chefs, artists, and musicians from all over the world. Sullivan Vineyards & Winery would become not only the fulfillment of Jim's passion for wine, as well as their family home, but also a center of hospitality for creative visionaries from all over the world.

Today, Sullivan Vineyards & Winery remains one of the few family owned estates in Napa Valley.

Inheriting their parents' vision, Sean, Ross, and Kelleen have combined the beauty of their unique family estate with the integrity of world-class winegrowing and professional management. The combination speaks to today's Sullivan renaissance.

The Team

Jeff Cole
Assistant Winemaker

As Assistant Winemaker, Jeff Cole brings his technical expertise, and hands-on care into both the Sullivan Vineyards and Winery. A Napa native, growing up in Yountville, Jeff was surrounded by the industry that would ultimately become his passion. Seeking to ground his passion in real-world experience, he graduated with a Wine and Viticulture degree from California Polytechnic University, where he also worked for both Laetitia Winery, and Windward Vineyards. Prior to joining Sullivan vineyards, Jeff was the assistant winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards. Jeff became part an integral part of the Sullivan's team in 2013.

Angelica de Vere
Chief Executive Officer

Sonyia Grabski
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Mark Leonardi
Director, Estate Events & Hospitality

Jenni Velasquez
Operations Manager

Practices & Techniques

In addition to the incredible diversity of soils, our vineyard’s relatively small, contiguous size ensures the quality of Sullivan wines. Our ability to closely monitor and manage every vine enables the finest hands-on farming in our vineyards. It's attention to detail tasted in every glass of Sullivan wine.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Speaking to the power of Jim Sullivan's vision, the Sullivan Estate is home to half of the world’s soil types, a diversity unheard of for an estate this size. The diversity of soils has allowed Sullivan Vineyards & Winery to cultivate its vision of estate grown quality wines.

From pleasant loam with heavy and medium clay to sandy gravel, the 26-acres that make up the heart of Sullivan's offer ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay varietals. All with the complexity, quality, and richness that define a true Rutherford experience.

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Hours

Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address

1090 Galleron Road
Rutherford, California 94573
United States

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