HISTORY

Overview
Established in 1969, Cuvaison is a Napa Valley estate vineyard and winery that produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown exclusively on its certified sustainable vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley. Dedicated to a philosophy of producing vineyard-driven wines, Cuvaison employs block by block farming methods and a hand-crafted vineyard-to-bottle winemaking approach. Created from blocks that have been vinified separately by Winemaker Steve Rogstad, Cuvaison wines are consistently balanced and approachable, favoring nuance and complexity over sheer power and ripeness.

History & Ownership
Cuvaison has been shaped profoundly by its current owners, the Schmidheiny family of Switzerland who purchased the winery in 1979. When Thomas Schmidheiny's mother visited the Carneros region in the late 1970's, she was so taken with the landscape and its potential for winegrowing that she brought a soil sample home to show her family. A year later, Thomas purchased the Carneros estate where Cuvaison now makes its home. In the years since, the family has thoughtfully re-invested all profits in the vineyard and winery, consistently providing the support needed to produce the highest quality grapes and wines. Cuvaison is locally-managed by a seasoned team that includes Jay Schuppert, named President in 2002, and Steve Rogstad, who was appointed Winemaker the same year.

The History of Cuvaison Estate Wines:

  1969:   Cuvaison Winery established
  1979:   Thomas Schmidheiny (Swiss) purchases Cuvaison Winery in Calistoga,
plus 400 acres of undeveloped land in the heart of Napa Valley's Carneros
        1991:  

Replanting begins with the focus on block-by-block farming for primary varietals, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

  1998:  

Historic Brandlin Vineyard in the rugged Mount Veeder purchased; focused on Cabernet Sauvignon

  2004:  

New state-of-the art winery is built on Carneros estate

  2007:   Installed 1,428 solar panels and implemented green initiatives in Carneros winery
  2009:   New tasting room and barrel rooms built on Carneros estate
  2012:   Cuvaison Winery of the Year, Wine & Spirits