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Brown Estate Winery
brown_logo.jpg Brown Estate is a family owned and operated private estate winery tucked into the hills east of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. In 2010 we will celebrate our 30th year in the Valley and our fifteenth crush.



The seeds for this labor of love were planted in 1981 when our parents fell in love with the rolling hills, rambling walnut groves, and majestic oak trees that populated what we now affectionately refer to as "The Ranch." The property had been abandoned for ten years prior to coming into our family. We subsequently built access roads and reservoirs, brought in residential and agricultural electrical power, refurbished the hundred-year old Victorian home that barely stood on the property when we acquired it, and between 1985 and 1990 we planted a total of fifty acres of vineyards that include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.



Through our first decade of farming the land, we sold all of our fruit to a variety of small wineries in the Valley. During that period of continuing education – and to this day – we have worked to maintain, nurture, and encourage the land in a fashion that yields what we believe to be exquisite fruit, while simultaneously remaining mindful and respectful stewards of the property.



In 1996 we produced our first vintage of Zinfandel under the Brown Estate label. Our first Cabernet Sauvignon followed in 2000, and in 2002 we added a tiny production of Chardonnay. Through years of hands-on labor Brown Estate has remained a truly homegrown endeavor, and today every aspect of the business remains under direct family control.