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Cu∙vai∙son [koo∙veh∙ZOHN] “The French term for the period when grape juice is kept in contact with the skins and seeds during both fermentation and maceration. Critical in the making of red wines, cuvaison allows color, tannins, and aroma to be transferred from the skins and seeds to the juice.”*

Cuvaison Estate Wines History


Brandlin History

1969 Two engineers from Silicon Valley founded Cuvaison with a 27 acre vineyard at the winery’s Calistoga location
1979 The Schmidheiny Family of Switzerland purchased Cuvaison Estate Wines along with 400 acres of undeveloped land in the Carneros appellation. Although Cuvaison is owned by a family abroad, we are locally managed
1988 John Thacher, Winemaker for Cuvaison since 1982, was selected as Winemaker of the Year by “Wine & Spirits” magazine
2002 Cuvaison’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Jay Schuppert, became President. This same year, Steven Rogstad came on board as Winemaker
2004 Construction for our new state-of-the-art winery in Carneros was completed and is considered the premiere Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production facility in Napa Valley
2007 The Carneros winery facility went solar with 1,428 solar panels installed on our production building. At every turn Cuvaison looks to become as sustainable as possible. Learn more about our other green initiatives here
2009 Cuvaison celebrates 40 years of winemaking, 30 years of Schmidheiny ownership and 30 years of our Carneros estate vineyard. New construction of our Calistoga & Carneros Tasting Rooms, as well as the new Barrel Room building in Carneros was completed
1870s In the late 1870’s the Brandlin family moved to Mt. Veeder and first planted grapes
1926 The Brandlin Family purchased and planted what is the current Brandlin Vineyard site
1998 Cuvaison purchased the historic 170-acre Brandlin Ranch on Mt. Veeder
1999 Cuvaison planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc

The inaugural release of Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon was celebrated



















































*(1source: © Copyright Barron's Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on The Wine Lover's Companion, by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst.)