Join the Mailing List   |   Login

© 2018 The GRADE Cellars     ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The GRADE Cellars  |  1236 LINCOLN AVE  |  CALISTOGA, CA 94515  |  (707) 967-8200

Facebook Email Tasting Appointment 2014 Harvest Vimeo

In 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “we entered on the grade” at the south corner of what is now our estate vineyard and began his ascent in a horse-drawn wagon up Mount Saint Helena along the Lawley Old Toll Road.

We named our winery “THE GRADE” to commemorate his stories about Napa Valley and life on this mountain, but also to tell our own story.

The GRADE Cellars has produced wines of rare balance, eloquence and complexity from fruit grown on this special site since its first vintage in 2004. Situated in the foothills of that mountain, the vineyard combines its naturally pure groundwater, the terroir of its alluvial sedimentary fans and mesoclimate conditions unique to the upper valley into an ideal Cabernet Sauvignon growing site.  As Robert Parker once told me, “Calistoga is all about its earthiness.”

The wines are made under the skilled direction of Thomas Rivers Brown who joins us in our patient pursuit of wine poetry. Our shared ambition is to attain the transparency of expression between a single vineyard, even a single block, and each bottle it yields. Thomas has achieved this with these three distinctive Cabernets from Winfield Vineyard.

Our collection of wine names are all inspired by passages in the book The Silverado Squatters written by Stevenson during his three-month honeymoon with his bride Fanny in a bunkhouse on the site of Silverado - the famous mining town on the mountain’s shoulder above our vineyard.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and

the earthiness of Calistoga.

You are about to….

…enter the grade !