Wheeler Farms Opens Doors to Host Guests
April 19, 2017
St. Helena, CA – Wheeler Farms Winery, the latest project from Bart and Daphne Araujo, has completed construction and is now open to host guests by appointment. The winery complex, designed to reflect the agricultural history of the property, includes a state of the art custom crush facility and an inviting hospitality space to welcome visitors. On the Production side, the facility’s staff offers its winemaking clients the latest in technology and efficiency in crafting their wines. With a capacity of making 50,000 gallons of wine each year, the winery operations are carried out in 8,000 square feet of fermentation space and 12,000 square feet of underground, climate controlled barrel storage.
“After leaving Araujo Estate and wanting to remain active in the world of Napa Valley wine, Daphne and I envisioned building a ‘perfect’ place for crafting world class Napa Valley wines in a traditional agricultural setting,” says Bart Araujo. “In 2014, we acquired an historic property on Zinfandel Lane to realize that goal; and now, three years later, we are pleased that Wheeler Farms, our new agricultural estate, has become a special diversified enterprise, honoring the Valley’s iconic past while providing a stellar environment for unique visitor experiences and for winemakers to produce and sell superior wines.”
To complement the winery, a luxurious hospitality space has been created for custom crush clients to host their guests in a modern, intimate setting, overlooking Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards with an uninterrupted view to Mt Saint Helena. Led by Estate Hospitality Director Greg DeLeo, the Wheeler Farms hospitality program offers guests access to extremely limited production and sought after wines, such as Accendo, Arrow & Branch, TOR, and more.
Tastings are available by appointment to experience several wines from one particular brand or a selection of wines being made from multiple custom crush clients. Visits to the property include a tour of the historic property’s new gardens, a view of the fermentation space from the mezzanine, and a sit-down tasting in or around the Hospitality House and patio. Tastings last approximately 90 minutes and cost $125 per person.
About Wheeler Farms
Wheeler Farms Winery was established in 1880 by Charles Wheeler, who built the original winery at the northeast corner of Highway 29 and Zinfandel Lane. The Wheeler family property included many fruit and nut orchards in addition to grapevines. Charles’ son, John Wheeler, was an early and creative pioneer of viticulture and winemaking. Bart and Daphne Araujo have continued that legacy with the construction of a new winery just down the road from the original, on a parcel of land that has been in the Wheeler family since 1894. Building on the technological advances that J.H. Wheeler made, the Araujos, with winemaker Nigel Kinsman, have designed a state-of-the-art winery and hospitality space specifically for custom crush clients and their guests, surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards.