Sutter Home Winery
Not So Fast…A Stop at Sutter Home Offers Welcome Surprises
That Napa Valley is evolving is without dispute, but there are touchstones deserving of appreciation for their role in Napa’s history, and for what they continue to deliver for every visitor willing to join in the experience. Speeding down the highway is a bad idea for a variety of reasons, chief among them the very real chance you’ll miss something special. Not so fast, there are memories to be made in unexpected places.
Just such a stop along Highway 29 is Sutter Home, a Napa stalwart first founded in 1874 and under the care of the Trinchero family since 1948. One of the few remaining tasting rooms to offer complimentary tastings (although more premium options are also available, featuring “only at the winery ”offerings that show another side of Sutter Home), a stop at Sutter Home in St. Helena offers an opportunity to breathe in some Napa history, and appreciate how a family’s careful stewardship underpins one of America’s most familiar wine brands.
A Step Back in Napa History
The tasting room reveals itself as you enter, part wine bazaar, decidedly old fashioned tasting bars, and incredibly welcoming hospitality staff that make you glad you’ve made the stop. Look up and you’ll see a series of fans moved by long pulley belts that harken to another era, the first hint the building itself is a bit historic. Large oak puncheons line the walls. At the far end a history tryptic sets the Sutter Home stage, and a large photo shows a team of six dappled white horses pulling a wagon load of barrels from an early barn-like building marked Sutter Home Winery & Distilling. Be sure to ask about that.
It is a tasting room, of course, so familiar wines are there for exploring, including all the popular favorites, and some you may not have seen at home. After all, there are 23 varietals available, with six variations on Moscato, including a bubbly, White Zinfandel (full throated Red Zin as well) of course, and classic versions of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Merlot and more.
This is the place for souvenirs both serious and whimsical. The shoppers amongst you will delight at the selections, including some laugh out loud reminders that wine can and should be enjoyed without pretentions.
Sutter Home, of course is equally well known for its Build A Better Burger campaign each year, one of the most successful food and wine experiences ever created. But even more impressive are the winery’s efforts each year to fight cancer.
Sutter Home For Hope®
Over the past 15 years Sutter Home has helped raise more than a million dollars under the Sutter Home For Hope campaigns, which annually donate funds from your purchases of Sutter Home during Breast Cancer Month each October. The support has focused on breast cancer research, treatment and education programs across the United States, inspired by a determined effort to combat cancer after Vera Trinchero Torres, a founding family member was diagnosed with cancer some years ago. This year the Huddle Up For Hope and Capsules For Hope efforts lead the way. Your host will provide details, or check the family’s website at www.sutterhome.com for updates.