Napa Valley Wineries
- Howell Mountain
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Petit Verdot
- Petite Sirah
- Red Blend
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Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.
When our founder Tom Burgess purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972 he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. At the time, there were only approximately 2 dozen wineries in operation in the whole of Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terroir: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard’s soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.
Today, the second generation is building on Tom’s legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fined-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes. The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality.
At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, we produce wines from our two estate hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. Our hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.
A visit to Burgess Cellars begins with a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. One can see the length of the Mayacamas range, from Calistoga to the hills beyond Napa. We present our wines in our cellar, where you are surrounded by barrels. Please contact us to make a reservation. Tastings are by appointment only. We would love to share our wines with you!
The Burgess Cellars Hospitality Experience
A MOUNTAINSIDE SETTING
At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, a visit to Burgess Cellars includes a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. We present our wines in our cellar, surrounded by barrels, where our hospitality team provides personal and customized wine tastings.
When founder Tom Burgess purchased a circa 1870s vineyard and winery in 1972, he established himself as an ambassador for Napa Valley and a pioneer of mountainside wineries. Today, the second generation builds on the legacy of this esteemed property.
AN EYE-CATCHING WINE SELECTION
Our selection showcases our two estate vineyards on Howell Mountain, with a hillside terroir representing only 4% of Napa acreage. Guests enjoy our flagship Cabernet, and also single vineyard, single block bottlings of Petit Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and our intentionally farmed Rosé of Syrah. An unparalleled library selection, with every vintage from 1979 on, is available for sale and cellared in our Tasting Room.
Our winery dates back to 1890s, when the family built a gravity flow winery building, made of volcanic 'tuff' that is indigenous to Howell Mountain.
Lee Stewart bought the thirty acres and old winery in 1943, restoring the property and naming his winery Souverain. The esteemed mountainside won Souverain many awards and was the first job of two of Napa’s greats, Warren Winiarski (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars) and Mike Grgich (Chateau Montelena, Grgich Hills Estate) who both went on to craft the winners at the 1976 Judgment of Paris.
A visit to Burgess Cellars begins with a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. One can see the length of the Mayacamas range, from Calistoga to the hills beyond Napa. We present our wines in our cellar, where you are surrounded by barrels.
A history of Napa Valley from the 1870s to today.
- Tasting fee
- Tasting fee waived with wine purchase
- Seated tasting available
- Private tasting available
- Tasting bar
- Indoor tasting area
- Historical landmark
- Unique architecture
- Sustainable practices
- Winemaker or owner usually available