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Heitz Cellar

St. Helena, California

https://www.heitzcellar.com

  • Heitz Cellars began in 1961, built from the ground up by Joe and Alice Heitz.
  • The winery was the first in Napa Valley to include a single vineyard designation on a wine label with their ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • 100% of Heitz’ vineyards are certified organic, and are being converted to biodynamic farming.
  • Heitz is celebrated for their old-school winemaking style, and commitment to producing age-worthy wines. They tend to have lower pH than other Napa Cabernets, and are known to age gracefully for 40+ years.
  • Heitz is one of very few producers in the world that blocks malolactic fermentation in its reds, preserving malic acid, which contributes to the wines’ freshness and ageing potential.
  • Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for a minimum of 4 years before release, while the single vineyard wines are aged 5 years.

“In 1961, Joe and Alice purchased their first vineyard, 8 acres just south of St. Helena.  Working out of the small winery attached to the parcel, they put in round-the-clock sweat equity to build their business.”

Heitz Wine Cellars rapidly established a reputation as home base for one of the Napa Valley’s most innovative and brilliant winemakers, and the unassuming winery soon became a prestigious destination for wine connoisseurs.  In 1964, the Heitz family acquired a 160-acre vineyard property in Spring Valley, a small fold in the eastern hills of St. Helena.  Joe sharpened his focus on Cabernet, and the following year, he and Alice made a serendipitous connection with Tome and Martha May who owned a young vineyard in Oakville.  After a handshake deal firm enough to last decades and a single harvest of the May’s remarkable Cabernet grapes, Joe and Tom agreed to reserve the fruit from the next harvest for a singular production.   

In 1966, Joe crafted the first Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon — a wine so remarkable that the two families decided to add a vineyard designation to the Heitz Cellars’ label, initiating that concept in the Napa Valley.

SKU
NAME
VINTAGE
FORMAT
112136
CHARDONNAY
2016
12X750ML
112144
NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2013
6X750ML
574889
TRAILSIDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2012
6X750ML
378125
MARTHA’S VINEYARD CABERNET
2012
6X750ML

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