"Peace, Love, and Zinfandel" might be the best way to describe this special wine valley which feels a world away from the hubbub of Napa.
Chiles Valley Wines to Know
For the serious aficionado of Zinfandel, Chiles Valley has been noted to make some of the most expressive and singular examples of Zinfandel on the planet. But you can't miss the Merlot, with rich dark fruit flavors and textures on par with Cabernet.
Notable Vineyards (and Wineries) in Chiles Valley
Despite being a mere 20 minutes from the center of busy Rutherford, Chiles Valley feels a world away. There are just a few producers here nestled into the Vaca Mountains, and each has carved a special niche for their wines.
Brown Estate is the first black-owned winery and has world renown for heady, terroir-driven Zinfandel wines. There is always a crowd around their spot at ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Festival.
Volker Eisele Family Estate was one of the first vineyards in Napa Valley to go fully organic, starting in 1974.
Of course, you'll need to read up on all the wineries here to learn more. There's lots to discover in this hidden valley.
Chiles Valley Facts
- Chiles Valley is named after Joseph Chiles, a Kentucky born pioneer who was granted most of the area by the Mexican government in 1844.
- Chiles Valley AVA was established in February, 1999.
- The Chiles Valley AVA has a total size of 6,000 acres with 881 acres of vineyards.