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 careful, thoughtful farming and attention to detail, we are able to capture the uniqueness of our three Estate Vineyards in each bottle. My goal is for these wines to showcase how very different our vineyard sites are, despite being just a few miles apart.”
WINEMAKER LAURA BARRETT
cARING FOR MOTHER NATURE FROM GRAPE TO BOTTLE
Clif Family has 10 acres of certified organic Estate Vineyards on Howell Mountain, Napa Valley’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon growing region. In 2019, we purchased an 80-acre organic vineyard with 8 varietals in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa on Highway 29. Our estate vineyards are farmed by Erik Dodd of Wight Vineyard Management. Clif Family also works with grower partners in the Napa Valley and Mendocino County to complete our wine portfolio.
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.
The primary source for our Rte Blanc, this 1.5 acre vineyard is owned by Vince and Claire Amendola. Located on Fulton Lane in St. Helena these grapes are farmed organically without irrigation.
Our Zinfandel for Gary’s Improv is sourced from this old vineyard located at 1800 ft on Howell Mountain, farmed by Mike Beatty and his son Patrick.
Located just outside of Boonville in the Anderson Valley AVA of Mendocino County, the Ferrington Vineyard is home to our Gewürztraminer.
This beautiful property is located en route to Lake Berryessa on Highway 128. At approximately 1200 ft elevation, the view of the Vaca Mountains is stunning and so is their Petite Sirah.
Located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, this site has the perfect balance for premium quality Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard will be transitioning to organic farming in 2019.
This organically farmed vineyard located on the valley floor in Yountville is a source for our Rte Blanc and Bici Red Wine.
Located on Highway 12 in Kenwood, Sonoma County, this CCOF certified vineyard is 100% Rhone varietals and farmed by Phil Coturri.