A brief history
Our story in the Napa Valley began more than 110 years ago. Our goal as growers has remained consistent over the century – let our fruit reflect the essential elements of the land and the qualities of the growing season.
As vintners our philosophy is much the same. At Chaix Wines we handcraft a Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes sourced exclusively from our historic estate. We let the fruit inform and guide the winemaking process, capturing the flavors and characteristics for which Rutherford is internationally famous. This has been our winemaking program since our first vintage in 2008.
In 2017 we add an exciting new style of wine – still sourced 100% from the family vineyard, our lighter-styled rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon will debut as our second label wine.
In the mid-19th century, Two brothers—Adrien Pierre and Jean V. Chaix—listened to many stories of the agricultural wonders of the Napa Valley and the unique terroir perfect for growing grapes.
The two young Frenchmen left their homes in Provence and emigrated to California. They settled mid-valley, purchasing prime vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville, and on Howell Mountain. Jean V. and his business partner Adolphe Brun built and operated the 13th bonded winery in California.
In 1909 our great-grandfather Adrien, known as A.P., bought an 80 acre vineyard in Rutherford on the renown Rutherford Bench. He cultivated grapes with cuttings he brought from the French Medoc.
Over the past 100 years, fruit from Chaix Family Vineyards have gone into many of Napa’s most distinguished wines and now those grapes go into making a wine of our own.