St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
8440 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA  94573

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Open daily, 10–5; Reservations Preferred

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What to Buy

'17 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Grapefruit, lime, kiwi, taosted oak $35

'14 Dollarhide Elevation
Black currants, toasted oak, red plum, mocha $85

'14 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Black plum, blackberries, cherries, dark mocha $125

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100% Estate Certified Napa Green, Interactive wine experiences, Winery exclusive wines, Pet friendly

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ST. SUPÉRY ESTATE Vineyards and Winery is one of a handful of Napa Valley wineries that is 100 percent estate. All of its wine comes from grapes grown on land owned by the winery and is produced in a continuous process on the winery’s premises. The estate’s 1,582 acres are certified Napa Green Land, and the winery maintains Napa Green Winery certification—two voluntary, independent programs that are the most stringent and comprehensive environmental accreditations in the industry. St. Supéry’s two estate vineyards are dramatically diverse. The Rutherford Estate, home to the winery, is in the renowned Rutherford growing region benchland, while the Dollarhide Estate Vineyard sits in the wilds of Napa Valley’s northeastern hills, at elevations ranging from 600 to 1,100 feet. A visit to the winery in Rutherford is well worth making an advance appointment. One of its many engaging tasting experiences, Veggies + Vino, includes a tour through the vineyard and culinary garden followed by a seated tasting of the wines paired with small bites inspired by produce from the garden and Dollarhide Estate Ranch. St. Supéry fans are invited to join the winery’s #MyWineMyGarden conversation on social media for gardening tips, wine pairing tips, and more.

Q&A with Winemaker Michael Scholz

“Our wine is tightly and solely controlled by us from vineyard through bottling. This is only achievable as a 100 percent estate winery.” —MICHAEL SCHOLZ
Around eight percent of all Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is grown at St. Supéry. What are the characteristics of these grapes and their wines? Sauvignon Blanc grows exceptionally well at the lower elevations of Dollarhide Ranch. We have over 200 acres of Sauvignon Blanc planted with our primary clone, Clone 1. Over 18 years ago, I made a field selection of this clone, selecting vines that were particularly expressive. It is now the majority of our Sauvignon Blanc and unique to our property. The wines are powerful, balanced, and emphasize purity of fruit with grapefruit and green lime.
 
What have you done in the winery to shift the focus to single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon? We’ve added new equipment and now double hand sort our fruit. We use an optical sorter to ensure that every red grape is sorted to the berry level. Last year, we experimented with triple berry sorting for even greater control over quality. Our focus is on small-lot management with open-top fermenters, and we often have over 120 lots of just Cabernet Sauvignon. We micromanage every lot, evaluating agricultural and cellar practices, then fine tune our actions in the vineyard and winery for the next vintage. A few years ago, I worked with one of our coopers on custom barrel toasts to create more depth and complexity and to convey uniqueness in our wines. We are always evaluating new techniques and equipment to improve quality.
 
What does it mean to work exclusively with estate grapes? Our wine is tightly and solely controlled by us from vineyard through bottling. This is only achievable as a 100 percent estate winery. Agriculture is not just farming, it is science and specific to the location while at the will of Mother Nature. Growing all of our own grapes gives us complete control over farming. The only thing we can’t control is Mother Nature herself. 

 


Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: Yes

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: Yes

Exceptional Views: Yes

Club Member Lounge: Yes

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: Yes

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: Yes

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: Yes

Sustainable Practices: Yes

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