Brown Estate Vineyards
In 1980, our parents acquired land in the hills east of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. We were farmers first, and farmers we remain. In 1995 we decided on the strength of our fruit to make wine under our own label. The following year we produced our first vintage of zinfandel, and along the way we have added cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, petite sirah, and the occasional dessert wine.
In 2010 our family celebrated thirty years in the Napa Valley and Brown Estate’s fifteenth crush. Over the years our farming philosophy has not changed: Our fifty acres of vineyards are planted amidst 450 acres of roughneck wilderness that we strive to tend rather than tame – from the occasional inconvenient honeybee hive in the winery to the prickly star thistles in our vineyards that are a part of their ecosystem.
Our winemaking philosophy adheres to the principle of purity: We let the vineyard (and Mother Nature, of course) guide the way, and from what the harvest yields we seek to extract the purest expression of the exquisite fruit this land continues to give us.