Sequoia Grove is a family-owned winery founded in 1979 in a 110-year old barn beneath a grove of ancient trees in Rutherford, Napa Valley. It is here where we’ve honed our craft of creating world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and other Napa Valley wines that emphasize elegance, finesse, structure and balance. Our consistent philosophy of making wines with varietal character that are reflective of the land helped establish Sequoia Grove as one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Napa Valley. Our 24-acre Estate Vineyard and 50-acre Tonella Ranch Vineyard are both located in the heart of Rutherford, where the superb climate and gravelly-loam soils impart distinct flavor in the Bordeaux varieties.
|1836||George Yount, the first Euro-American pioneer to pass through Napa, settles near present-day Yountville, and receives the Rancho Caymus land grant spanning the area from present-day Yountville, north to Rutherford.|
|1851||Yount sells 118 acres of land, including the present-day 24-acre Sequoia Grove Estate, to his son-in-law, Eugene L. Sullivan for $1.|
|1865||Property to Dennis Downey for $5,000. Downey keeps just 40 acres to vineyards and replants vineyard with phlloxera resistant vines.|
|1906||Property purchased by Louis and Louise Kuebeler. The current-day Tasting Room and House built around 1908.|
|1978||After being sold twice more, Sequoia Grove’s founder, James Allen and his wife Barbara purchase the 24-acre estate.|
|1979||Sequoia Grove Vineyards begins operation. Jim’s brother Steve, plants 10 acres of Chardonnay, 5 of Cabernet Sauvignon and modest amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.|
|1980||Sequoia Grove Vineyards becomes Bonded Winery No. 5,000 and full production begins.|
|1981||Michael Trujillo appointed Assistant Winemaker|
|1987||The 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon wins “Best American Cabernet Sauvignon” award in the American Wine Competition. Sequoia Grove builds new winemaking facility with the first subterranean cellar in Napa Valley built below the water table. Winemaking production moves from original barn to the new cellar.|
|2002||The Kopf Family purchases Sequoia Grove Vineyards and appoints Michael Trujillo President & Director of Winemaking.|
|2003||Molly Hill joins Sequoia Grove as Assistant Winemaker.|
|2006||Sequoia Grove enters a lease for the coveted 50-acre Tonella Ranch on the eastern side of Rutherford. Acreage is completely replanted with a variety of rootstocks and Bordeaux cultivars.|
|2007||Sequoia Grove’s 100-year-old barn is completely renovated into a casual-yet-sophisticated tasting room.|
|2008||Molly Hill promoted to Winemaker|
|2010||The inaugural vintage of Sequoia Grove’s top-tier Cabernet blend is released to critical acclaim.|
|2014||The inaugural vintage of Tonella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is released.|
Just as great wines are built to last, so are great teams. With a combined experience measured in decades, our winery president, winemaker and vineyard manager share not only a commitment to producing truly great wines, but the vision for how to achieve that, from vine to bottle. And while each brings a wealth of knowledge to draw upon, they continue to seek new ways in the vineyard and cellar to achieve the best expression of balance, varietal character and sense of place in each Sequoia Grove wine.
|PRESIDENT||DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING|
Truly great wine must do three things: showcase pure varietal character, be balanced from beginning to end, and be built to age. To achieve this requires an intimate knowledge of both varietal and vineyard, and how to work through the variations of each growing season. In the cellar, it requires a discerning touch with the winemaking, blending and aging to transform perfectly-ripened grapes into a wine that offers a perfect flavors and mouth feel; a wine that is beautiful upon release, yet able to age gracefully.