The Top 100 Vineyard Owners in Napa Valley (#9 & #10)
At 45,000 acres of vines, Napa Valley is essentially planted out, creating a highly competitive environment for land and grapes. As a result, vineyard prices continue to rise but not enough to slow interest in purchasing these properties, and the news of vineyard sales breaks unabated. Keeping track of who owns what in the Napa Valley is not so simple, but Wine Business Monthly has pulled together a list of the top 100 vineyard owners in the region and published it in our December 2017 issue.
To preview the full article coming out this Friday, we will be counting down the Top Vineyard Owners, releasing two each day starting today at number 10.
The following list of top vineyard owners by planted acreage was compiled through public records, queries to vineyard owners and through our proprietary database. The top 100 vineyard owners account for roughly 28,000 of Napa’s planted acres while approximately 1,300 growers in Napa Valley farm 1 acre of grapes or more, according to the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. (Note: An asterisk denotes leased lands are included in the total, as they are long-term leases.)
10. Yount Mill Vineyards/Napa Wine Company: 500 acres
Yount Mill Vineyards farms organically about 500 planted acres in the Yountville and Oakville AVAs. Andrew Hoxsey, a fourth-generation grapegrower, is managing partner. The company also runs Napa Wine Co. in Oakville. The organically-certified vineyards supply grapes for the winery’s custom-crush clients and the family’s labels — Ghost Block, Elizabeth Rose and Oakville Winery. The company has about 500 acres of planted vineyards in the Yountville and Oakville AVAs.
9. St. Supéry Vineyards and Winery/Chanel, Inc.: 535 acres
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery sources Its Napa Valley fruit from Dollarhide Estate Vineyard and its Rutherford Estate Vineyard, which the Skalli family had purchased in the 1980s, according to its website. In 2015, the family sold the company to Chanel, Inc. St. Supéry owns about 535 acres of planted vineyards, according to the company. St. Supéry owns a total of 1,587 acres between its Dollarhide Estate Vineyard and Rutherford Estate Vineyard.