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Our Story

When we set out to create ALTA we had one mission in mind:
to handcraft wines that exceed expectations and over deliver.

For us, it all begins with the vines and the land.  When we first laid eyes on the 90+ acre ALTA Vineyard in 2008, we instantly recognized the magic and the amazing potential of the site high atop Atlas Peak.

As vintners, we have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to sustainable vineyard practices, yielding the highest quality grapes.  Our wine-making philosophy is simple: Great wine starts in the vineyard.

During the growing season and winemaking, we intervening as little as possible.  Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, our wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley’s soils and climate.  Our commitment to these practices is why we’ve been the sole supplier of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Kongsgaard Wines since 2009.

Our first vintage was 220 cases of 2009 “Oso Malo” Cabernet Sauvignon made from our very own Alta Vineyard grapes.  The wine was released in the fall of 2011 and it quickly sold out.  Since then, we have patiently identified other quality growers in our pursuit of crafting the finest wines possible.  Our partner vineyards are strategically chosen for their sustainable farming practices, site elevation, and microclimate.  Our partners employ small-vine farming to produce low-yields and highly concentrated fruit.

In February of 2017, we purchased a 22-acre parcel on Silverado Trial in Napa.  The following spring we planted 17 acres of new vineyards at this site.  We anticipate this new vineyard to be productive by the 2021 season and we hope to be an all Estate Winery by 2021.

Fred Oliai – Owner & Winemaker