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Heitz Wine Cellars

436 St. Helena Hwy.South
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3542

Tasting:   Open daily 11 to4:30 pm
Tasting is Complimentary
10% case discount
Price Range:   $15 up to $150 per bottle
Established:   1961
Vineyards:   380 acres
  38,000 cases

Heitz Wine Cellars Description

Joseph Heitz was one of the early winemakers to contribute to the revitalization of the Napa Valley when he and his wife Alice established Heitz Wine Cellars in 1961. He received degrees in enology at nearby UC Davis, and worked in Beaulieu Vineyards under the stewardship of famed winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff.

In the late 1960s his small winery rose to fame on the international reputation of his Martha’s Vineyard-designated wines. The unique terroir of this vineyard is still heralded today. It lies just south of Oakville and produces long-lived wines that are known for their minty-eucalyptus character. Additional vineyards were developed, including Bella Oaks and Howell Mountain, both yielding outstanding results.

The rock-walled tasting room was built in 2002 and is set in the middle of the estate. There is a demonstration vineyard in the front planted to different Cabernet clones and trained on an assortment of trellis systems. There is a patio in the back beneath a shady trellis that offers benches for sitting and taking in the valley views. Inside is a warm, up-to-date tasting room with tall ceilings, a welcoming rock-lined fireplace, leather couches, hardwood floors and a wood-topped tasting counter. The mood is relaxed, and the complimentary wine-tasting is unique in that the wines poured are at least five years from their vintage date, giving the visitor the opportunity to taste wines that have aged for two or three years in the bottle.

In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon the winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Grignolino, Grignolino Rose, Pinot Noir, and a California port.

Heitz Wine Cellars Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Historic Features
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Tasting
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Heitz Wine Cellars Reviews

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blackcherry883, Las Piedras
Very friendly, kind and knowledgeable staff. Clean and very comfortable. Have a gorgeous Border Collie very friendly who I fall in love with. Wines are great, specially the white one (I cannot remember the name!!). I'm sure I will stop by again.

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KAM, Santa Rosa
I am so happy that this historic winery is making grignolino, and doing it well. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. This is also one of the few places around that doesn't charge a tasting fee. However, it does get rather crowded during peak times and the space can't always hold all the people who love this winery. Do stop by if you have time, try the amazing wines, and be sure to check out the spectacular views of the vineyard at the back end of the tasting room

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Heart of Napa
Orion, Santa Barbara
The Exquisite beauty of this Vineyard left me with the feeling that it was utterly impossible not to create a wine of the same caliber. Heitz Cellars is set amongst the gorgeous hillsides of Napa Valley, when tasting the complimentary selection I had the opportunity to either take in the fantastic view or savor my wine from within the fairly new tasting cellar, sitting comfortably amongst a warm stone fireplace and beautiful wooden ceilings. My time spent here at Heitz Cellars was nothing but relaxing and delicious. The Grignolino Port bottled in 2000 was spectacular and has become a favorite Port of mine.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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