Specializing in the grapes that grow best in the cool climate of Careros, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a hidden gem where tasting delicious wines can be enjoyed in the beautiful garden overlooking sweeping vineyard vistas.
Chimney Rock has two distinct features in addition to their delicious wines. The original 180 acre parcel included a golf course which was subsequently planted to vineyards, and the buildings on the property are all in the Cape Dutch style of the Western Cape of South Africa.
Opened in 2007, this winery pays homage to the Del Dotto familys Venetian heritage dating back to 1150. The cathedral-like structure, sits on the original Rutherford vineyard purchased by Dave and Yolanda in 1988 and includes a large underground cave for aging wines.
This historic property was one of Napa Valleys first wineries dating back to 1885, and is where our barrel tasting experience and cave aging practice was born. These cave-aged wines proved to be more voluptuous and opulent than those aged in modern facilities, and so the Del Dotto family continues to age wines in these historic caves to this day.
Brian Fleury is a self-taught winemaker who studied with the right mentors. His 4,000 yearly case production sells out, and is only found at the winery. Guests are hosted in a private salon setting among the barrels.