Winemaking philosophy «
Napa Valley was formed millions of years ago by tectonic plate movement and violent volcanic eruptions that created the rugged Vaca mountain range to the east and pristine Mayacamas range to the west. Both frame the valley floor that runs approximately 26 miles from north to south. CourAvant is located mid-valley on the southern border of the St. Helena AVA at the base of the Mayacamas and the northern reaches of the famed Rutherford Bench. Given its unique location, the vineyard benefits from both the intricate qualities of volcanic soil eroded from the mountain and the famed St. Helena alluvial fan on the valley floor. When combined, the vineyard embodies an individual diversity of distinct soil types matched to specific clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vines were planted in the early 1990s and lend an old-vine character to the classic Left Bank Bordeaux-style that we endeavor to preserve accented by the personality of Napa Valley. We strive to enhance your ultimate dining pleasure by carefully merging the qualities of meticulous vineyard care with an old-fashioned hands-on and laid-back winemaking regimen.