FOR FIVE GENERATIONS, OUR FAMILY HAS GROWN AND PRODUCED SINGLE-VINEYARD, ARTISANAL WINES MADE FROM SOME OF THE NAPA VALLEY’S MOST HIGHLY PRIZED APPELLATIONS.



Date stone carved by Albino Pestoni to commemorate the founding of his Bell Canyon winery

Our Rutherford Grove Winery upholds the high standards and practices of our great-great-grandfather’s winemaking tradition without compromise. From growing to harvest, fermentation to bottling, every step in our process is accomplished by hand to achieve the purest expression of place.


For us, winemaking is not a business; it is our heritage. We are honored to produce premium wines that not only express the distinct personalities of each of our estate vineyards, but also preserve something of our family history.


HERITAGE


In 1882, a twenty-four year-old Albino Pestoni immigrated from the small Swiss village near the Italian border where he grew up to the unknown wilds of Napa Valley, California. He first settled next to some cousins in Bell Canyon, an area at the base of Howell Mountain, then referred to derogatorily as ‘Dago Valley.’ Around this time, wealthier and more distinguished vintners such as Frederick Beringer, the Chaix Brothers and Gustave Niebaum were also moving to Napa with dreams of producing wines in this new, lush, uncharted world. Luckily, Albino was undaunted by his competition.



Albino Pestoni and wife Maria Madonna with sons L to R Angelo, Henry, Jack and Frank. St. Helena CA, 1898

In 1892, he, his wife Maria Madonna and their four sons planted their first vineyard, and built a hand hewn stone and redwood winery to reproduce the wines of their homeland.



Bonded Winery No 935 - Albino Pestoni using a hydrometer to test alcohol level, Bell Canyon

Bonded Winery 935 became enormously popular – particularly with other Swiss Italians from the area who would make special trips to Albino’s winery from as far as San Francisco in order to refill their bottles with his fine wines. His were family wines – grown and crafted on the property – and although Albino’s achievements may have gone largely unnoticed at the time, his winery marked the beginning of artisanal winemaking in the Napa Valley.



Pestoni Family in front of winery, Bell Canyon, St Helena CA, 1897


Albino Pestoni’s winery today. Bell Canyon, St. Helena

Albino’s original property on Crystal Springs Road has since been sold to the city of Saint Helena to provide a reservoir. However, his winery still stands as a monument to this artisan’s spirit.



Manuel Domingos, Lena (Domingos) Pestoni, Henry Pestoni, Mini Domingos, Alec Eymard taking a break. Howell Mountain Napa Valley, circa 1929

Henry Pestoni would follow in his father's footsteps. He married Lena Domingos, whose family vineyard was on the western slope of Howell Mountain. Joined by her brothers, Henry and Lena would form a vineyard management crew, planting and managing vineyards throughout the upper Napa Valley. This experience taught them how soil, sunlight, rootstock, and varietal selection could affect fruit quality, and as well as one of the most valuable lessons in winemaking: the right grape in the right place. In 1923, Lena and Henry purchased what is known today as the Pestoni Ranch on Whitehall Lane. Here they raised chickens, hogs, dairy cows and continued to farm grapes, make wine, sherry and bootleg brandy. Today, the Pestoni Ranch is home to our Estate Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard.



Ehlers' Estate, run by Fred and Manuel Domingos as Old Bale Mill Winery from 1923-1958

Lena’s brothers, Uncle Fred and Uncle Manual, acquired the Ehlers’ Estate in 1923 where they bootlegged until Prohibition ended. In 1933 they renamed it Old Bale Mill Winery and produced wines until 1958.

 
 

ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC $23.00

Located on the western side of the valley floor in Rutherford, the Pestoni Ranch was planted by Henry and Lena Pestoni in 1923. Today, this same vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc Musque and 317 Clones. This vineyard produces grapes with wonderful fruit intensity, ideal acidity and attractive mineral character which represent the true characteristics of the varietal.

PESTONI FAMILY ROSE $23.00

From Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on both our Howell Mountain Three Tears Vineyard and our Rutherford Lone Acre Vineyard, our Rosé is made in the saignée method by "bleeding" juice from tanks prior to fermentation. The juice is inoculated and fermented to dryness in small oak barrels. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to prserve the fresh fruit flavors these vineyards are known for.

1892 FIELD BLEND $28.00

Quackenbush Mountain Vineyard sits at an altitude of 2,000 feet on a rocky slope overlooking the eastern shore of Clear Lake. With its ideal red clay and fractured basalt, this location benefits from the cool lake breezes. This slows the ripening process, allowing the fruit to reach the balance and intensity we look for in a mountain wine.


Our vines, all heirloom selections of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, are planted with budwood gathered from some of the old existing plantings in California. Our grandfather, Albino Pestoni, and great uncles made their robust wines with these types of grapes under similar conditions... one of the blocks even originates from Uncle Fred’s old ranch.

PETITE SIRAH $37.00

Our 2008 vintage of Petite Sirah was made in much the same style as the previous four vintages producing a luscious, fruit forward, delicious wine from Spring Creek Vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation. 


The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah.


Special edition honoring Henry Pestoni, c. 1920.

ESTATE SANGIOVESE $40.00

This extraordinary wine started out as an experiment but has now become an institution. When we went to plant this vineyard in front of our winery we noticed that the soil held some truly unique properties, properties that we felt might be well suited for a Sangiovese.  We chose clones 2 and 4 and waited….On our first tasting we knew we were right.  The “Rutherford dust” had worked its magic on this Italian varietal. 


What small amount isn’t snapped up by our wine club is made available only here and in our tasting room. 

ESTATE MERLOT $45.00

Our 2010 Estate Merlot is sourced exclusively from our Estate vineyard located east of our winery and tasting room in the heart of the Rutherford Appellation.

This growing region is one of the best for Merlot due to ideal soil and climate conditions.  Wines of the Rutherford Appellation display characteristics that set them apart as some of the best in the world.

ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON $60.00

Our 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two small Estate vineyards on either side of Highway 29, located only 1/8 of a mile apart, and totaling just three acres. Both vineyards are composed of the same alluvial gravelly loam which is found in some of the best vineyards in Rutherford.


This growing region is one of the best for Cabernet Sauvignon due to ideal soil and climate conditions.  Wines of the Rutherford Appellation display the “Rutherford Dust” characteristic that make them distinctive from other Cabernet Sauvignons grown in other areas of the Napa Valley, setting them apart as some of the best in the world.

PESTONI FAMILY ESTATE RESERVE MERLOT $60.00

Our 2009 Estate Reserve Merlot is produced from our Howell Mountain Estate vineyard located on Summit Lake Drive. Thirteen acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and three acres of Merlot are planted on this 160 acre mountain ranch at an elevation of over 2,000 feet. The soil and weather conditions on this mountain vineyard are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with great flavor, intensity and aging properties.

PESTONI FAMILY ESTATE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON $75.00

Our 2009 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from our Howell Mountain Estate vineyard located on Summit Lake Drive.  Thirteen acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and three acres of Merlot are planted on this 160 acre mountain ranch at an elevation of over 2,000 feet.  The soil and weather conditions on this mountain vineyard are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with great flavor, intensity and aging properties.

DOMINGOS BROTHERS $ Inquire

2012 was an ideal growing season on Howell Mountain. A mild spring led to a good fruit set,  followed by summer and fall seasons that brought warm temperatures free of heat waves. The fruit enjoyed a long, slow ripening, indicating early that the wine produced would be dark, rich and age worthy.

QUACKENBUSH MOUNTAIN ZINFANDEL $18.00

Quackenbush Mountain Vineyard sits at an altitude of 2,000 feet on a rocky slope overlooking the eastern shore of Clear Lake. With its ideal red clay and fractured basalt, this location benefits from the cool lake breezes. This slows the ripening process, allowing the fruit to reach the balance and intensity we look for in a mountain wine.


Our vines, all heirloom selections of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, are planted with budwood gathered from some of the old existing plantings in California. Our grandfather, Albino Pestoni, and great uncles made their robust wines with these types of grapes under similar conditions... one of the blocks even originates from Uncle Fred’s old ranch.

 
 
 

We use our Wine Club as a way of extending our sense of Napa Valley heritage and our passion FOR family farming and winemaking to you year round.


MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS


Exclusive first access to limited production, tasting room only and library wines.


20% discount on all our wines and merchandise.


Special offers for Wine Club members only.


Complimentary “Rutherford Estate tastings for members and up to six guests when you visit our winery.


Invitations to Wine Club member only events including our annual winemaker’s dinner.


Winemaker's tasting notes with every shipment.

 
 

The Pestoni Family & Rutherford Grove Winery and Vineyards warmly invite you to enjoy our wines, stroll through our gardens AND bring A picnic.


RETAIL HOURS:


Our tasting room is open daily 10am to 4:30pm excluding major holidays.


Reservations are needed for groups of 5 or more.


MAP & DIRECTIONS:



We are conveniently located on Saint Helena Hwy. (HWY 29).


RUTHERFORD GROVE


1673 St. Helena Hwy


Rutherford CA, 94573



CONTACT:


Phone: 707.963.0544


Fax: 707.963.3150


hospitality@rutherfordgrove.com


wineclub@rutherfordgrove.com


events@rutherfordgrove.com

 
 

BOB AND SYLVIA PESTONI,
PROPRIETORS



A descendent of two winemaking families whose roots in Napa Valley reach back nearly a century, Bob Pestoni was expected to follow in his parents´ footsteps. Of course he did become a winemaker – but not at first. Instead, he did what any red-blooded boy in the 1950s did: he rebelled.


In 1963, Bob and his brother Marvin created Upper Valley Disposal Service, becoming the refuse hauler for the upper Napa Valley. Coming from a family of farmers who depended on the land for their survival, they understood and practiced the art of sustainable farming: planting the right crops, observing proper rotation and always striving to achieve a balance with the land. It was these same lessons and values that propelled their introduction of an aggressive recycling program long before it was fashionable.



Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling Service

In the late 1970s two problems began to weigh on the local wine industry. The first: what to do with the pomace, the grape skin, pulp, seeds and stems left over after crushing. At the time, local wineries were dumping it back into their vineyards or at their property´s edge where it would seep into groundwater. The second problem was how to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, which were also having negative effects on the Napa Valley. Bob began to experiment with an age-old farming practice that had somehow gone out of style: composting. By the 1980s, Upper Valley Recycling was processing nearly all the discarded grape seeds, skins and stems from the Up Valley wineries into compost – an innovation that landed Bob a centerfold appearance in National Geographic Magazine.



Photo of Bob Pestoni checking the tempreture of the grape compost.
National Geographic Magazine, August 1993 Vol 184 No 2

In the mid 1990s, Bob and his wife Sylvia were presented with a rare opportunity. A small winery adjacent to their family´s Rutherford property had become available for purchase. Over the years, Bob and Sylvia had always grown grapes on their land, but they had always sold their fruit to other wine producers. They hadn´t been interested in becoming vintners before, but the acquisition of this new property renewed Bob´s admiration for his family´s business – and for his heritage. In 1994, they opened the doors to Rutherford Grove Winery and resumed making the single vineyard, hand-crafted artisanal wines Bob´s father and grandfather had created there for more than a century before him.


 

ALEJANDRO ALFARO
winemaker



 


"My job is to assure that each vintage reflects the view of the vineyard and then hand-craft the wines into an expression of their own."


Over the past 18 years, Alejandro has worked in every facet of the wine business, including vineyard management, wine production, retail sales as well as a winemaking for several Napa Valley clients.


Beginning with the Hess Collection in 1993, Alejandro built his skills in the cellar before moving on to assist several clients at a Napa custom crush facility in 1999.


In 2007, Alejandro became assistant winemaker to David De Sante, and worked with Quixote, Tierra Roja, Metamorphosis, DeSante Wines and Oakville Terrace. These small production wineries use some of the highest quality vineyards fruit in Napa. In 2008, Alejandro assumed the role of winemaker for the Sabina Vineyard's Pinot Noir program while still assisting David DeSante with the Cabernet. Within two years, he became head winemaker.


In 2010 Alejandro became the winemaker for our Pestoni Family, Rutherford Grove and Quackenbush labels.


We are proud to be working with him.

 
 

WINES:


ESTATE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON


THREE TEARS VINEYARD


HOWELL MOUNTAIN


NAPA VALLEY
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ESTATE RESERVE MERLOT


THREE TEARS VINEYARD


HOWELL MOUNTAIN


NAPA VALLEY


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ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON


LONE ACRE VINEYARD & BELLA OAKS LANE


RUTHERFORD BENCH


NAPA VALLEY
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ESTATE MERLOT


RUTHERFORD GROVE VINEYARD


RUTHERFORD BENCH


NAPA VALLEY
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ESTATE SANGIOVESE


RUTHERFORD GROVE VINEYARD


RUTHERFORD BENCH


NAPA VALLEY
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PETITE SIRAH


ST. HELENA


NAPA VALLEY
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ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC


PESTONI RANCH


RUTHERFORD BENCH


NAPA VALLEY
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QUACKENBUSH MOUNTAIN ZINFANDEL


LAKE COUNTY
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CONTACT:


 


1673 St. Helena Hwy  


St. Helena  


CA 94574


 


Phone: 707.963.0544


Fax: 707.963.3150


 


General: info@rutherfordgrove.com


Wine Club: hospitality@rutherfordgrove.com


Events: events@rutherfordgrove.com


 


RETAIL HOURS:


Winery is open seven days a week from 10:00am – 4:30pm Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, and New Year’s Day.


Reservations are required for parties over 5 guests.


 


MAILING ADDRESS:


PO Box 552


Rutherford, CA 94573


 


WHOLESALE:


707-968-0873


wholesale@rutherfordgrove.com


 


HOTEL D´AMICI:



Suite #3

Hotel d´Amici Bed & Breakfast


1436 Lincoln Avenue


Calistoga, CA 94515


Phone: 707-942-1007


www.hoteldamici.com


amici@rutherfordgrove.com

 
 
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