United States, California, Napa

Established 1978

David Arthur Vineyards is a Napa Valley wine producer located on Pritchard Hill. The estate's property was attained by Don Long from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, acquiring almost 405 hectares (1000 acres) atop one of Napa Valley's claimed 'lieux-dits.' It was not until 1978 that Don and his son, David Arthur, began planting grapevines – Chardonnay specifically – and not until the 1991 vintage that the winery produced its first red wines. Today the estate is best known for its high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, notably its flagship wine Elevation 1147. The estate is planted to around 8ha (19 acres) of vineyard land that sits at an average elevation of 1200ft (366m) above the valley floor. The vineyards, located on Napa Valley's eastern ridge, are divided into 4-ha (10-acre), 3-ha (6-acre), and 1-ha (3-acre) blocks planted to varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Nebbiolo. The soils are volcanic, rocky, and low in vigor – ideal for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. Elevation 1147 – named after the elevation of the vineyard the fruit grows from – is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the best selections of fruit at the estate's 3-ha (6-acre) block, also known as the Elevation Block. The wine ages in 100 percent new French oak. Other wines produced at David Arthur include three Bordeaux-style blends, Meritaggio – a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo – Chardonnay produced with sourced fruit from Atlas Peak and Oak Knoll District and a rosé produced with Pinot Noir sourced from Carneros. As of 2016, Paul and Teddy Bystrowski joined David and his daughter Laura as partners of David Arthur Vineyards.