The NVFF Team is excited to welcome a new Vintner Circle member into our elite group of Napa Valley wineries. At the forefront of technology and modern rustic chic, Davis Estates is establishing itself as a winery with elegance, vision, and of course, fantastic wine.
What started off as a dream for Mike and Sandy Davis is now a 155 acre property featuring wine caves, a historic barn, hospitality center, and vineyards in Calistoga, Rutherford, Carneros and Howell Mountain.
Originally from San Mateo, Mike Davis went to school in Indiana where he fell in love with history, old barns, and the importance of family values. When he and Sandy decided to bring their vision of Davis Estates to life, he knew that he wanted to create a legacy for his family, and a place where people could feel at home while experiencing the beauty of Napa Valley.
From wine and food pairings put together by their Executive Chef, Mark Caldwell, to tastings on the terrace, the hospitality center feels like an upscale lodge where guests can enjoy a commercial kitchen, large fireplace, and a terrace with fantastic porch swings and a panoramic view of the valley.
Although Mike wanted to capture old school winemaking, his background in technology sparked the decision to create a tech-savvy winery equipped with a Gen II system, allowing each tank to be accessed via a smartphone or computer, and the ability to schedule pump overs.
Davis Estates is also Napa Green Certified, and the 50-ft antique windmill on the property has become a Napa landmark, a symbol for their label, and also has the power to pump water, which is then stored and used for vineyard irrigation.
“There is a Chinese hand dug well from the 1800s that was the original water source on this property,” says Mike. “We decided to restore it by putting a stainless steel cauldron in the bottom to make it a wishing well. As people throw money in it all year, it has become a double entendre in the sense that this winery is my dream and my family’s dream come true, but then we pull up the cauldron and give all the money to Make a Wish and make someone else’s dream come true.”
From its brilliant wine to its intersection with old and new technology, it is hard to believe that Davis Estates is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. What started off as a dream has quickly become one of Napa Valley’s hidden gems, and the NVFF Team cannot wait to share the Davis Estates experience with our festival audience this year.