Grieve Family Winery: Lovall Valley’s Singular Winery: Napa Valley’s Last Undiscovered Winegrowing Region
ST. HELENA, CA (August 28, 2013) — Wilson Daniels is proud to announce a partnership with the distinguished Grieve Family Winery, whose vineyards are located in the Lovall Valley, perhaps the Napa Valley’s last “undiscovered” growing area. The exquisite Grieve Family Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is the only 100% Lovall Valley wine in national distribution.
Tiny Lovall Valley — only 1.25 miles and less than a half-mile wide — occupies a unique position in terms of geography, climate and viticulture. Straddling the county line between the towns of Napa and Sonoma, this tranquil spot is the last pocket heading south before the Mayacamas Mountains give way to the Carneros and the San Pablo Bay. The valley sits ringed by wooded hills at approximately 650 feet. It is accessible only from Sonoma, yet located in Napa County, where it is the coldest place in all of Napa to grow grapes. It is a “region 1” viticultural area, and only comparable to the coolest regions of the true Sonoma Coast.
Blessed with alluvial soils and a running creek to extend the growing season, the Lovall Valley is ideal for cultivating Sauvignon Blanc. In 2002, David Grieve purchased a house and 70 acres of land there, including nearly 14 acres of 2-year-old Sauvignon Blanc and a small 4 acre lot of Merlot vines. It had not been David’s intention to make wine, but all that lovely Sauvignon Blanc seduced him. David started tasting the fruit, then sampling Sauvignon Blancs, gradually learning; before long, he was making very small amounts of his own wine.