A brief history
Our historic Calistoga winery is situated on the Silverado Trail in the northern Napa Valley. In 1969, Thomas Cotrell and Thomas Parkhill, both Silicon Valley engineers, founded the Calistoga location. New York publisher Oakleigh Thorne subsequently purchased the winery in 1974 and appointed the Swiss- born Philip Togni as Winemaker. In 1979, the Schmidheiny family of Switzerland purchased the winery and operated it as Cuvaison for 36 years until April 2015 when Brandon Chaney and Anthony Zabit, both San Francisco entrepreneurs, purchased the property and introduced Fairwinds Estate Winery to Napa Valley.
Our winery produces fine wines in spirit of the history of Napa Valley with elegant Cabernets, well-balanced Chardonnays and other unique varietals, in honor of the “Judgment of Paris” back in 1976 which spawned the growth in the Napa Valley.