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Newton is tucked away on the hillside above St. Helena. They boast some of the best valley views you can find. You will tour their French Gardens and underground winery and vertical cave system. Newton has long been committed to a “Nature by Design” approach – they eschew intervention and work in concert with nature and the unique conditions each year brings to grow the exceptional grapes for their wines. Newton leaves some of their wines unfiltered – meaning there is a small amount of tartrates in the wine, but this has no impact on wine quality, and some think it actually adds to the wine’s complexity. Newton has left 80% of their property untouched as natural forest habitat for native wildlife. Newton also uses extensive cover crops to keep the soils in place on their hillside vineyards, increase the organic content and health of the soils, and attract beneficial insects that help fight unwanted pests.
Now head across the valley to Chateau Boswell Winery. An enormous valley oak hangs seemingly suspended over the doorway to the wine cave. As you walk down into the cave, 65 feet under the earth, you’ll notice the excavated stone walls that exhibit the volcanic geological history of the Napa Valley. Try Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Owner Susan Boswell has ensured that a sustainable mindset is instilled in the employee culture, with standard operating procedures that reduce water and energy use. You’ll see the Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery logos brilliantly displayed on the Chateau Boswell Estate wine labels.
Next, head up the road to Phifer Pavitt Wine, where you’ll try their Date Night Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Owners Suzanne and Shane have made many of their most important life decisions on their weekly date nights, including the decision to purchase the land for the winery. The Phifer Pavitts built a sustainable environment for their team literally from the ground up, building an “eco-chic” tasting room from reclaimed and recycled materials, with recycled blue jean insulation. Their vineyards are farmed using organic and sustainable farming methods. Learn more on one of their Eco Tours and Tastings, or you can even book an experience where you’ll hear their story directly from Suzanne Phifer Pavitt, the proprietor. Phifer Pavitt won the Great Wine Capitals’ 2017 Sustainable Wine Tourism award.
Please note: In order to protect the health and safety of all guests as we continue to be vigilant about the spread of COVID-19 all wineries will be reservation-only for the time being. It is essential to make appointments in advance and also review each winery’s posted policies and procedures before you arrive. Don’t forget your classiest wine tasting masks for entering and exiting the winery.