Priest Ranch believes that all wines must stem from the land itself. Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Craig Becker and Winemaker Cody Hurd draw on our rich, diverse Estate vineyard to bring the Priest Ranch wines to life. Featuring a variety of elevations, exposures, soils and microclimates, our Estate provides fruit uncommon quality and character for Priest Ranch wines.
Priest Ranch embodies the essence of Napa Valley, from the trailblazing mindset of its first pioneers to today's spirit of agricultural excellence and preservation. Inspired by James Joshua Priest, one of the original settlers in the area, Priest Ranch is dedicated to producing estate farmed wines of uncommon quality and character.
We believe that all great wines are a reflection of the land itself. For Priest Ranch wines, Winemaker & Co-founder Craig Becker draws on the diverse vineyards throughout our property for the distinctive and unique characteristics afforded in its fruit through the variety of elevations, exposures, soils, and microclimates.
The original Priest Ranch estate was established in 1869 by James Joshua Priest, a Gold Rush prospector. In 2004, we purchased this historic, 660 acre property and combined it with a 955 acre estate in Elder Valley – together creating our current Somerston Estate.
Today, our 1,682-acre estate is farmed with 230 acres of producing vineyards, in 15 distinct sites, encompassing over 180 different varietal blocks. Located high on the eastern hill of the Vaca Mountains above St. Helena, the estates’ varied range in elevations, exposures, soils, and microclimates allow us to create wines which showcase distinct expressions of its diverse terroir.
At Somerston Estate we employ intentional and leadership-driven viticulture and viniculture practices, borne of the pioneering spirit of our agrarian heritage. We subscribe to the challenge of cultivated excellence, seeking simplicity and preserved integrity at all times.