Volker Eisele Family Estate

Napa, Chiles Valley

 
 

Organic

Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, one of sixteen grape growing appellations within the Napa Valley Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The soils consist of well drained gravelly clay loam and Tehama silty clay loam.  These soil types require little irrigation, as the majority of the vineyard is dry farmed.  The vineyard slopes range from three to thirty percent and elevations vary from 900 to 1100 feet. The valley’s perfect Cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity. The four hundred acre estate was originally part of the “Rancho Catacula” land grant, given to Joseph Ballinger Chiles in 1843 by the last Mexican governor of California. The Chiles family later sold a portion of their land to Francis Sievers, a German pioneer. In the 1870’s, Sievers founded Lomita’s Vineyard and Winery on the site. The original winery building, some of the tanks, and the original press constructed by Sievers still remain on the Estate. The oldest Cabernet vines were planted by the Eisele’s in 1975 and continue to yield fruit of superb quality. The vineyard has been organically farmed since 1974!  “Our wine begins with the premise that 90% of what is in the bottle is made in our vineyard.  No grapes are grown elsewhere.  We therefore have complete control over the fruit’s development.  Manual thinning ensures that only perfect clusters go into the wine.  The cooler weather of the area translates into brighter acidity and more structured tannins which contribute to the tremendous ageability of our wines.”

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Gemini 80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc Average 25-30 years Gravelly clay loam and Tehema silty clay loam Organic
Cabernet Sauvignon 87% Cabernet, 13% Merlot Average 25-30 years Gravelly clay loam and Tehema silty clay loam Organic
Terzetto 1/3 each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot Average 25-30 years Gravelly clay loam and Tehema silty clay loam Organic