Originally part of the 2000-acre Carne Humana Spanish land grant, Wheeler Farms, located in the heart of Napa Valley at 588 Zinfandel Lane, St Helena, has a rich history that parallels that of the Valley in which it lies. First planted to grapes in 1865, it has been an agriculturally based land from the outset, where the Wheeler family grew apples, prunes and walnuts as well as grape vines, and where they made wine and brandy in an on-site winery located at Zinfandel Station, next to the railroad tracks that parallel Highway 29. Much of the original property has been sold off over the years, and the original winery no longer exists, but wine grapes still grow on the land.
A new chapter in the life of this property began when Bart and Daphne Araujo purchased the present Wheeler Farms parcel and conceived a plan to design a new winery complex and replant the existing vineyards. Out of respect for the property’s legacy of farm and home, the Araujos used an agricultural vernacular for the new buildings, which include a heritage fruit tree orchard, olive trees for olive oil, edible gardens, honeybees, and chickens whose bounties are harvested and paired to present a complete expression of diversified Napa Valley agriculture.
Along with Hospitality House where visitors are greeted, the vineyard has been replanted, and wines are being produced under the Wheeler Farms label. Custom crush clients, including Accendo Cellars, Arrow & Branch, Vice Versa and TOR also present their wines at the Wheeler Farms Estate in a congenial and collegial setting that belies the state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Reserved tasting experiences include Wheeler Farms current vintages as well as various portfolio options based on palate or preference.
588 Zinfandel Lane
St. Helena, CA