Mayacamas Vineyaeds


Mayacamas Vineyards

is a historic winery located near the summit of the Mount Veeder sub-appellation of Napa Valley. It is one of the region's most highly regarded producers of classic Cabernet Sauvignon, and is also known for its high quality white wines made from Chardonnay.

The Mayacamas vineyard is in the heart of the Mount Veeder AVA above the fog line, where the vines benefit from warmer nights and cooler days than the Napa Valley floor. Well-drained soils with fairly low fertility mean the vines are stressed enough to produce a small amount of extremely dense and complex fruit, with a lot of tannic structure that provides scaffolding for aging in the wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are both powerful wines, but are not the over-extracted style of wine that Napa Valley is known to produce. In fact, Mayacamas has a reputation as producing some of the most elegant wines in California.


Cabernet Sauvignon

High on the slopes of Mount Veeder, Mayacamas Vineyards has been a source of legendary California wine since 1889. Since the 1950’s the vinification and élevage of Mayacamas remains remarkably consistent and our continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools is integral to the character of these wines. The mountain terroir at Mayacamas ranges from 1,800 to 2,400 feet in elevation and the estate spans 475 acres, only 50 of which are dedicated to vine.


The Chardonnay grapes are grown in rocky, volcanic soils high up on Mt. Veeder - the majority coming from 46-year old, dry-farmed Wente Clone vines. The vintage of Mayacamas Chardonnay — our team's fifth — showcases both site and vintage beautifully. Aromas of ripe lemon honeysuckle and crushed oyster shell highlight the nose. On the palate, the wine has the classic Mayacamas acidity and is framed nicely by the textural richness in the mid-palate that comes from a warm vintage.