Cappella Rico-Matteo Abreu Vineyard (named after David’s two sons, one of which Rico is a race-car driver) is a 6 acre site bordering the old Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and the next door St. Helena Public Cemetery in St. Helena (incidentally home of a number of grave-sites of prominent Napa vintners including Charles Krug and André Tchelistcheff). This is a very historical vineyard neighborhood – nearby neighbors include Beckstoffer’s Bourn Vineyard and the CHASE Cellars Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard. Vines at the Cappella Vineyard were first planted in 1869.
Is a third-generation rancher and viticulturist who has farmed grapes for the likes of Inglenook, Viader, and Screaming Eagle. Early in his career, Abreu traveled frequently from the Napa Valley to Bordeaux to observe winemaking operations, returning with French rootstock and farming techniques. In 1986, Abreu launched his own label in cooperation with chef-turned winemaker Brad Grimes, going on to earn at least nine 100-point scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. With a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Abreu Vineyards produces wines named after and sourced from specific vineyards Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos, Capella, Howell Mountain, and Rothwell Hyde.