Small Production Wines
Clif Family Wines
The best wines begin with careful viticulture. At Clif Family we keep a keen eye on our vineyards, ensuring their health and sustainability, and we make our wines with minimal intervention for a true expression of the grape’s character. Since we love to eat, we craft all of our wines to be food-friendly and enjoyable for all occasions.
Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.
“Winemaking begins in the vineyard. With thoughtful, organic farming and attention to detail, we are able to capture the unique qualities of each site. From Howell Mountain to the Oak Knoll valley floor, our wines have a sense of place and balance.”
WINEMAKER LAURA BARRETT
cARING FOR MOTHER NATURE FROM GRAPE TO BOTTLE
Clif Family farms 90 acres of CCOF and Napa Green Certified estate vineyards in the Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll District AVA’s of the Napa Valley. Known for producing world famous Cabernet Sauvignon, the Howell Mountain AVA is located high above the valley floor on the northeast side of the Napa Valley. The Oak Knoll District is situated on Napa Valley’s largest alluvial fan, located on the southern part of the valley floor. Our Estate Vineyards are farmed by Erik Dodd of Wight Vineyard Management with a focus on sustainability in all that we do.
Clif Family Estate Vineyards
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Clif Family Farm
The Clif Family Farm is a hidden gem in the Napa Valley. It consists of three acres planted with vegetable gardens, fruit orchards and olive trees and home to our heritage breed chickens and bee hives. Both CCOF organic and Food Alliance Certified, we share the bounty with you via our estate wines, extra virgin olive oil, fruit and savory preserves and our food truck.
|1170 ft.||Fruits & Veggies|
Clif Family Estate Home Farm Vineyard
Our small estate vineyard on the Home Farm is planted to Zinfandel, one of Gary’s favorite grapes. The Home Farm is located on the northeast side of Howell Mountain where warm summer temperatures create ideal growing conditions. We harvested our first grapes from this vineyard for our 2015 Estate Zinfandel bottling.
Croquet Estate Vineyard
On the opposite side of the mountain from Cold Springs is our Croquet Estate Vineyard, located on the northeast side of Howell Mountain. The soil here is Aiken loam, also volcanic in origin, but containing more clay and red-colored soil. This steep vineyard was planted to three acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, clone 337.
|1785 ft.||Cabernet Sauvignon|
Cold Springs Estate Vineyard
The Cold Springs Estate Vineyard sits on the south side of Howell Mountain where the soil is made up of decomposed volcanic ash, which is gray and white in color and well-drained. The vineyard was planted in 2001 to five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, clones 337, 4 and 7, a blend that provides both opulence and structure to our Cold Springs Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
|1660 ft.||Cabernet Sauvignon|
Clif Family Tasting Room
The Clif Family Tasting Room, located in downtown St. Helena, is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon enjoying one of our unique tasting experiences or relaxing on our patio with a bite from our food truck, the Clif Family Bruschetteria.
Oak Knoll Vineyard
The Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley is known for its diverse planting of grape varietals. Located at the southern end of the Napa Valley, this AVA has an extended growing season and is a great site for cooler varietals such as Chardonnay, while also producing high quality Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Our new, CCOF certified 80 acre vineyard sits on the valley floor in the heart of the Oak Knoll District and was planted in 2018.