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Cuvaison Estate
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Cuvaison was established in 1969. At that time, there may have been fewer than 25 wineries in Napa Valley. How times have changed: there are now over 500! The original owners of Cuvaison loved growing grapes on their 27 acres. When they saw the need to produce their own wine, they constructed their own winery in Calistoga and created the Cuvaison brand.



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Cuvaison Estate Wines

Cuvaison was established in 1969. At that time, there may have been fewer than 25 wineries in Napa Valley. How times have changed: there are now over 500! The original owners of Cuvaison loved growing grapes on their 27 acres. When they saw the need to produce their own wine, they constructed their own winery in Calistoga and created the Cuvaison brand.

In the late 1970’s Adda Schmidheiny, a visitor from Switzerland, traveled to Napa Valley and fell in love with it. She gathered up some soil in her handkerchief and took it back to Switzerland. She showed the soil to her three sons and suggested they come to Napa Valley and purchase a winery. One of those sons, Thomas, has now been the owner of Cuvaison Estate Wines since 1979.

Cuvaison takes pride in its handcrafted vineyard-to-bottle winemaking approach. For more than 35 years, it has produced balanced, complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines that showcase the distinctive characteristics of their cool climate estate.

Situated in the heart of Carneros in Napa Valley, Cuvaison is a certified sustainable vineyard that is committed to reducing its environmental impact. Some of its many green initiatives involve viticulture, soil management, solar power, water conservation and certification in both the Napa Green program’s Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery programs. They even partner with a recycling company that converts corks into self-sustaining products.

In 1998 Cuvaison Estate Wines purchased Brandlin Vineyard, a small, historic estate in Napa’s rugged Mount Veeder region. The vineyard has a rich history: as early as the 1870s the Brandlin family settled on the remote, steep slopes in the Mount Veeder region and became grape growing pioneers. Today, using sustainable viticultural practices, Cuvaison pays homage to the Brandlin family by producing an award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bordeaux style blend called Henry’s Keep as part of their Brandlin family of wines.

With regard to their vision for the future, Cuvaison and Brandlin Vineyard will remain as Schmidheiny family-owned estate boutique wineries for generations to come. The short- and long-term visions are always focused on producing elegant world-class wines that showcase the characteristics of their two Napa Valley estates.



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