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A brief history

601 Cellars began as a dream, was fueled by a passion and ultimately became a reality for us when we stumbled upon an opportunity to acquire a modest allotment of grapes in 2015.

As avid lifestyle travelers, foodies and wine lovers, we were planning our itinerary for a trip to Tuscany in June 2001. Upon our arrival in Florence, enamored by the romance of the city, we snuck off and eloped. Enjoying the rest of our vacation as new husband and wife, we fell in love with the warm embrace of the countryside, the comfort of the food and the passionate spirit of the people. We explored and savored the regional wines, particularly the various expressions of Sangiovese. One evening after a sumptuous meal overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, we made another commitment; This was the ultimate life, and one we wanted to share.
Over many years commuting from East to the Bay area, we purchased a second home in Napa Valley. After long weeks on the road, we always seemed to be able to detach and relax when we came back to the Valley. Its’ small-town charm, simple pleasures and the welcoming arms of its people inspired us to leave our hectic lives back east behind and settle in Napa full time.

Immersing ourselves in the California wine culture, we discovered all the hidden nuances of the California AVA’s. We became intrigued with the evocativeness of the diverse terroirs and voluptuous fruit the California soils produced, especially the “off the grid” varietals we savored in Italy, Spain and Argentina. Soon, we began discovering some of Californias’ best Grenache, Barbera, Tempranillo and various expressions of Sangiovese.

Then it happened. In 2015, we made our first investment in a gorgeous lot of Sangiovese fruit from Bennett Lane in Napa Valley. Not sure where things would end up, we immersed ourselves in the process, from picking the grapes, working harvest, rotating punch downs, testing samples, topping barrels and conducting blending trials. It turned out, although 2015 produced limited yields, the fruit was spectacular and honest to the commitment we made on our honeymoon in Italy on June 2001 (6/01), 601 Cellars was born.
601 Cellars is inspired by the allure of boutique, old-world European style California wines which leverage new world winemaking techniques. The small production wines are aged with a balanced process using French and neutral oak barrels. With personal dedication put into each bottle, we strive to foster the richness of California fruit yet still showcase the unique heritage of each hand-selected varietal.
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Established in 2015

1370 Trancas Street #772
Napa Valley, California, United States




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Featured Wines

601 Cellars Napa Valley Reserve Sangiovese Bottle Preview
601 CellarsNapa Valley Reserve Sangiovese

Our 2018 Napa Valley Sangiovese Reserve, aged 24 months in French and Neutral Oak barrels, is layered with ripe plum, red cherry & hints of tobacco. Its charismatic tannins complement grilled meats and Italian foods. Stands well on its own but pairs best with family and friends.

601 Cellars Super Tuscan Reserve Napa Valley Bottle Preview
601 CellarsSuper Tuscan Reserve Napa Valley

Our 2017 Napa Valley Super Tuscan Napa Valley Reserve is 80% Sangiovese, 12% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. After aging 24 months in French and Hungarian Oak, this full bodied rebel is elegant and fruit forward with dried cherry & plum notes. It’s long, smooth finish makes it easy to drink either paired with cheeses and Italian foods, anything from the grill or shared around a fire pit with family and friends.

601 Cellars Sangiovese Bottle Preview
601 CellarsSangiovese

Our 2016 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese, aged 18 months in French and Hungarian Oak, is medium-bodied and layered with bright cherry fruit with a long, spicy finish which pairs well with hard cheeses, grilled meats or pasta. It’s a simple pleasure to savor on its own but is most delicious shared with family and friends.

601 Cellars Rosé of Grenache Bottle Preview
601 CellarsRosé of Grenache

Our 2020 Rose’ of Grenache comes from the McGah Family Heritage Vineyard in Rutherford, CA. The grapes were picked early and processed using whole cluster press and barrel fermentation to evoke structure and complexity. It’s subtle hue and aromas of watermelon and citrus prepare the palate for a quenching splash of bright fruit and balanced acidity. Perfect for sipping on a warm summer afternoon but sophisticated enough for the dining room.

601 Cellars Napa Valley Grenache- Heritage McGah Vineyard Bottle Preview
601 CellarsNapa Valley Grenache- Heritage McGah Vineyard

Our 2018 Grenache is sourced from Rutherford’s Heritage McGah Vineyard and is aged 24 months in neutral oak barrels. Its rich, ruby hue expresses notes of black fruit and cherry with hints of spice and white pepper. This medium tannin wine has a flashy, yet graceful personality and puts on its best performance shared with family and friends.

601 Cellars Grenache Bottle Preview
601 CellarsGrenache

Our 2017 Grenache is aged 26 months in Neutral barrels and 20% French Oak. Its flavor profile is vibrant with strawberry fruit, yet delicate and bright with medium tannins. Fondly referred to as our “cocktail wine”, it can dance on its own or paired with any appetizer or first course, pastas, or light fare. We like it best shared with family and friends.