A brief history
Clif Family Winery was founded in 2004 in St. Helena, California. Owners Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford are focused on hand-crafted wines that sustain the natural resources of the local community and bring awareness of organic and sustainable farming to others. The fruit for our estate wines comes from our vineyards located high atop Napa Valley´s famed Howell Mountain appellation. We also source fruit from small, family-owned vineyards in other regions of the Napa Valley and Mendocino.; In 1992, when we started Clif Bar & Company, we were driven by our passion for food and adventure and a desire to create convenient, portable and above all delicious food for today´s busy lifestyles. Several years later, in 1997, we moved with our family to the Napa Valley. What started as a home in the country soon developed into a wonderful adventure in winemaking and a deeper commitment to sustainability and farming.; Today, on our Food Alliance- and CCOF-certified farm we grow a variety of fruits and vegetables that make their way to our Clif Family Bruschetteria food truck, the local Farmer´s Market and our preserved fruit and vegetable products. For our wines, we source our fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley and Mendocino appellations, working with growers that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment and sustainable farming of their land. Our Cabernet offerings come from our organically farmed Howell Mountain estate vineyards.; Our goal is to craft unique, regional wine and foods using practices that care for the earth and to support growers who use sustainable and organic farming methods. In this way, we can contribute to a more vibrant and healthy food community. We hope that as you discover our products, Clif Family becomes a part of your own adventure, reminding you to slow down and find pleasure in everyday life.; Our Tasting Room:; You can experience our wines at Velo Vino, the Clif Family Tasting Room on Main Street, St. Helena during your Napa Valley adventures. Velo Vino is a unique place where the passions of cycling and wine are celebrated and blended. We offer a variety of wine and food pairing experiences, customized bicycle rides, espresso and an electric vehicle charging station. Our outdoor patio is the perfect venue for a glass of wine and post ride celebration.; Our Food Truck:; The Clif Family Bruschetteria serves a seasonal menu of bruschetta, spiedini (an Italian skewer), farm fresh salads and rotisserie chicken. One of our signature dishes is our succulent porchetta bruschetta sustainably farmed at Devil´s Gulch Farm in Marin and stuffed with organic fennels and herbs from the farm, it is the staff favorite.; Although you will find the Clif Family Bruschetteria touring throughout the Napa Valley, it is most at home just off the back patio of our Velo Vino tasting room. Guests can order food to go or linger on our patio with a glass or carafe of Clif Family Wine.