Situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, this appellation is known for its unique terroir, possessing well drained soil composed of gravel, loam, and sand with volcano and marine sediments. It is this terroir that creates the infamous Rutherford Dust, which is a fine-grained tannin profile that is a hallmark of all wines made from this region.
We farm a collective group of vineyards from this appellation that provide us with a little bit of everything. Our partners on the valley floor deliver fruit with opulence and purity, while our eastern hillside sources add structure and concentration.
Over the years, the Oakville appellation has become Napa Valley’s Rodeo Drive thanks to its amazing success with Bordeaux varietals, and is home to some of the wine worlds’ most iconic vineyards. The mix of gravelly and sandy soils that make up this esteemed landscape is the result of sedimentary deposits from the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains, producing wines with exceptional texture and firm tannins.
Two specific sites that are situated on the western side of the AVA is where we get our fruit from, as these sites benefit from being rooted in the alluvial fan that comes down from the mountains, while also being situated near small waterways that split off from the Napa River which carves its way throughout the appellation.
With territory that includes parts of both Napa and Sonoma counties, the Carneros appellation’s proximity to the San Pablo Bay makes it perfect for producing grapes that are better suited for a cooler climate. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive here due to the cool fog and breezes that swirl through its rolling hills on a daily basis, and its predominantly clay soils and thin topsoil are rich in ocean deposits and minerals dating back to a time when man did not exist.
The Silvercreek Vineyards finds itself among the rolling hills of the AVA, and exists in perfect harmony with the environment capturing the energy from the San Pablo Bay which brings unique life and personality to its vines.