The Snowden Ranch is located in the hills on the east side of the Napa Valley between the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. From the Silverado Trail, the ranch lies between Rutherford Hill Road and Taplin Lane and can be accessed by either road. The&
Snowden Vineyards is dedicated to the creation of classically styled, terroir-driven wines reflecting the unique heritage and character of our site. The Snowden family came to our property in 1955 – originally a 160 acre homestead, the ranch has a grape-growing history dating back to 1878. During the decades of our stewardship, four generations of Snowdens have been privileged to walk the woods and vineyards of this lovely and secluded place. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley, the Snowden Ranch lies just east of the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations, a few miles south of the Howell Mountain, and a mile north of Pritchard Hill. Here at the confluence of these appellations, we tend twenty-three acres of vineyards planted in the hidden valleys and on the gentler hillsides of the Vaca Mountains. Our family has always been determined to preserve and protect the natural environment of the ranch. We farm only 23 acres, leaving the remaining 137 acres in woods and forests. To maintain a balanced and healthy ecosystem within our vineyards, we utilize organic farming practices and, in the cellar, we make our wines with as little intervention as possible to ensure they honestly reflect terroir, vintage and variety. Our winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses, from the family’s third generation as winegrowers, uses her new and old world winemaking experience to produce elegant, balanced, wines showcasing the nuances of our site. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.