and Hewitt Vineyard
It’s tough to miss the winery and tasting room of Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt Vineyard along Highway 29 in Rutherford. The recognizable, “brick red farmhouse” set amidst vineyards has quickly become an obligatory stop for Napa visitors looking to experience a bit of the famous Rutherford Dust. Stop here and you’ll find two distinct experiences, since the building houses a pair of separate yet intertwined wineries, each with their own tasting room, yet different takes on Napa Valley.
Unifying Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt Vineyard is Senior Winemaker, Trevor Durling. Trevor, a UC Davis viticulture and enology graduate, joined the winemaking team in 2010, having spent four years at Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, organic winery in Sonoma, where he worked on small-lot, luxury-class wines made from primarily Bordeaux-style grapes grown in mountain terroir.
Letting the Terroir Speak
Located in the heart of Rutherford, Provenance specializes in small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc wines that truly capture the essence of their origin. Winemaker Trevor Durling is able to achieve this by going straight to the source of the highest-quality fruit in Napa Valley, forging relationships with the region’s top vineyard owners. Instead of manipulating the wine to produce a stylized expression, he relies on time-honored winemaking traditions to extract expressive and powerful wines that reflect their superlative vineyard origins. Founding winemaker Tom Rinaldi, now retired, was a legendary Napa winemaker who set the stage for all that Provenance has become. Trevor Durling, in his own distinct way, is building on that exceptional history.
Discover Why Provenance Matters
Sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon from such famed single vineyards as Beckstoffer To Kalon (Oakville), Three Palms (Calistoga), Sleeping Lady (Yountville), and such reputable AVAs as the Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain and, of course, Rutherford, Provenance Vineyards offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to explore what makes each Napa Valley Cabernet growing district unique. Tasting flights feature a cross-section of wines from different appellations so guests may enjoy a casual tasting on the beautiful outdoor patio, or an in-depth, terroir-focused seated tasting in the tasting room.
A Precious Corner of Rutherford
Winemaker Trevor Durling’s most dramatic expression of the essence of terroir is from the 58-acre Hewitt vineyard. This extraordinary, historic property sits on the famed Rutherford Bench, a narrow ribbon of gravel-rich alluvial soils on the western side of the Napa Valley that has — since the late 1800s — produced California’s best Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1962, William Hewitt purchased this property and received guidance in planting the vineyard from legendary Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) winemaker André Tchelistcheff. The vineyard’s location at the mid-point of Napa Valley enjoys long hours of sunshine, balanced by cool nights when grapes can rest, and features sloped, alluvial and gravelly soils which provide excellent drainage. The vineyard sits slightly above the valley floor, keeping vine roots above the water table, naturally stressing the vines, resulting in a powerful, complex wine, with concentrated flavors. Hewitt is truly a collector’s wine, but available to experience with a stop at the red barn.
Achieving the Pinnacle of Quality
Despite earning such accolades as 93- and 94-point Wine Spectator scores for the 2013 and 2012 vintages respectively, and claiming fourth place on Wine Spectator’s 2013 list of the Top 100 Wines for the 2010 vintage Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon, Trevor and his team aren’t resting on their laurels. State-of-the-art vineyard weather monitoring technology allows the team to precisely farm Hewitt vineyard so that come harvest the vineyard yields consistently exceptional fruit with great depth and complex layers of flavor. Each year, the team selects a few superlative barrels of Hewitt Cabernet to produce the tiny production of Hewitt Double Plus Cabernet. Needless to say, the 2012 and 2013 vintages have been quickly snatched up by cult wine collectors. Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons are showcased by appointment only in the Hewitt tasting room located adjacent to the Provenance Vineyards tasting room. Make a point to visit.
Wine Down Wednesday
Every third Wednesday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Provenance Vineyards hosts an Open House event. Local food trucks are featured each month along with the winery’s newest release wine. Guests are invited to purchase a glass or bottle and relax on the patio or cozy up to the bar to taste through a flight. Wine Down Wednesday has quickly grown to be a very popular event, with local food truck favorites such as Cousins Maine Lobster, Rebel Dogs and Croques and Toques, among the delicious purveyors.
Enjoy wine tasting flights, artisan gourmet small bite pairings and wine by the glass inside the elegant tasting room or while taking in panoramic views from the beautiful outdoor patio and lounge areas.
Tasting fees: $20 - $30 | Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Groups of 10 to 40 or more are welcome with prior reservation.
Taste the incredible Hewitt Vineyard wines in a private setting with a personal wine educator. This tasting includes both current vintage and library wines, a tour of the winery and sampling of a future Hewitt Vintage.
Tasting fee: $75 | By appointment only.