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Napa Cellars embodies the classic Napa Valley style - ripe, rich, balanced and collectible. At Napa Cellars, we have the great fortune of being able to pick and choose the finest fruit from many of Napa's renowned AVAs, assuring that every vintage represents the very best of Napa Cellars and the Napa Valley. We offer nine award-winning varietals blended by skilled Winemaker Joe Shirley, each of them offering tremendous quality, value and consistency vintage to vintage. Our winery sits on the original five acres that established Napa Cellars winery in 1976 along historic Highway 29 in Oakville. We still welcome guests to our tasting room in the geodesic dome commissioned by founder Charlie Woods. And we tip our hats to the prominent Napa families, from the Franks to the Rombauers, who graced our cellar during its storied early days. Today, we carve our own path, building on that rich heritage to craft wines that are a classic, unmistakable interpretation of Napa Valley.
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7481 Saint Helena Highway South
United States, California


Meet The Team

  • Joe Shirley

    Despite growing up in Napa Valley, winemaker Joe Shirley didn’t know much about wine until, as a young man, he crossed paths with an influential wine buyer in England. When Joe returned home to Napa, having tasted some of the finest bottlings in the world, he viewed the vineyards through an entirely different lens. Had he not discovered his passion for wine, Joe might have led a completely different life. But the life he was meant to live exists at the intersection of scientific precision and passionate artistry. It exists in the vineyard, in the cellar and, ultimately, in the glass, where a sense of place—and his expression of that place—comes to life. For Joe, wine is deeply personal. A graduate of the world-renowned master’s program in enology at the University of California, Davis, Joe has nearly 20 harvests behind him. In 2007, he became head winemaker at Napa Cellars, where he takes a decidedly minimalist approach, letting the vineyards and the grapes speak for themselves. The result is a collection of wines that offers the ultimate expression of Napa Valley. “I don’t try to put a big winemaker signature on my wines,” Joe says. “The terroir of the vineyards here is so distinct, so extraordinary; I simply guide the wine toward the purest interpretation of the land."

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