The Howell Mountain Appellation is one of California’s most sought after, ultra premium wine growing regions. Located in the mountains east of St. Helena, this Napa Valley appellation spreads across the mountain slope, its elevation ranging from 1,400 to 2,300 feet above sea level, although most of the surrounding acreage is not plantable. With the rolling hills and unique micro-climates, this district offers spectacular views and a rich tapestry of vineyards to explore. We welcome you to take advantage of everything this off the beaten path destination has to offer. To learn more about Howell Mountain, please visit: http://www.howellmountain.org/ With more than 10 of our preferred wineries to choose from on our Howell Mountain tour, we’d like to introduce you to two stand-outs!
300 Stone Ridge Rd.
Angwin, CA 94508
In 1997, Bravante Vineyards became an established vineyard, setting out to create a state-of-the-art boutique winery with some of the highest quality grapes in the Napa Valley. The first wines were released in 2000 – a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Over the next decade, the land provided bountiful harvests and Bravante Vineyards continues to grow. Find out more about the vineyards that give these grapes their special flavor.
Built on family and friends, Bravante Vineyards maintains a “quality over quantity” approach in order to preserve the integrity of the land. The first thing to notice as you drive up Howell Mountain Road is that you are leaving the crowds of the Napa Valley behind. The tour and wine tasting at Bravante Vineyards is both educational and personal. You will have the opportunity to try all of their wines, from Sauvignon Blanc to their Estate Reserve Red Blend.
We can also arrange for a private wine tour, picnic or reserve tasting A visit with Dave in the Bravante tasting room is always educational, fun and different from other tasting room experiences. His goal is to make your visit fit your needs, to help you learn something new about wine, how to enjoy wine, and make your future with wine more pleasurable. Truly the Napa Valley hospitality we strive for in all of our visits.
360 Howell Mountain Road South
Angwin CA, 94508
In 2005, John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor terroir of PlumpJack Winery. Like PlumpJack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks—or cades—used to transport wine from Bordeaux to England in Elizabethan times.
CADE Estate Winery crafts estate Cabernet Sauvignon in a nuanced, powerful, and approachable style they call “Modern Howell Mountain.” They also produce Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bordeaux style, and Sauvignon Blanc.
CADE Estate Winery is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez worked closely with then Winemaker Anthony Biagi to design a building that honors its surroundings aesthetically, ecologically, and with the production of superior wines. Read about all of CADE’s green initiatives.
With its panoramic views of Napa Valley, intriguing architectural design, and luxury wines crafted in the singular Modern Howell Mountain style, CADE Estate is a must-see for any serious wine lover. A variety of tasting experiences abound from current release wine tasting to private wine tour to educational wine tours including cave tours and lunch.
Learn more about CADE winery below and soak in some of the amazing views of the Napa Valley!
Let us book a tour to Howell Mountain for you. These are just some of the amazingly special wineries that call this home.