Snowden Vineyards is dedicated to the creation of classically styled, terroir-driven wines from the eastern slope of Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena.
Snowden Vineyards is dedicated to the creation of classically styled, terroir-driven wines reflecting the unique heritage and character of their site. The Snowden family came to the property in 1955 – originally a 160 acre homestead, the ranch has a grape-growing history dating back to 1878. During the decades of 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, they tend twenty-three acres of vineyards planted in the hidden valleys and on the gentler hillsides of the Vaca Mountains. The family has always been determined to preserve and protect the natural environment of the ranch. They farm only 23 acres, leaving the remaining 137 acres in woods and forests. To maintain a balanced and healthy ecosystem within the vineyards, they utilize organic farming practices and, in the cellar, make their wines with as little intervention as possible to ensure they honestly reflect terroir, vintage and variety. Winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses (also winemaker at Burgundy's iconic Domaine Dujac), 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 the site.