A hidden gem on Napa Valley's eastern slopes
Acres of Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon in The World - 2017
Solar powered and sustainably farmed
Stanley and Helen have always been a match made in heaven, from their shared love of great food and travel, to their dedication to family. Always an innovator, it was only natural for Stanley to create another perfect match, this time within his business – the coming together of food & wine.
In 1996, Stanley purchased an 80-acre cattle ranch and transformed it into the award-winning Hestan Vineyards that it is today. Stanley fondly recalls that the first vintage, a 2001 Merlot, was created through the blood, sweat and tears of himself, his wife and their three children. A few fingers were pricked when the family enthusiastically joined in on the first harvest under the relentless autumn heat.
The importance of family & heritage is evident at Hestan Vineyards. The vineyard’s 92 point pinot noir, Vincent Christopher, is the coming together of Stanley’s sons. Stephanie, a long lauded label ranging from Merlot, Malbec to Cabernet Sauvignon, proudly bears the name of the only daughter in the family. With Stanley’s roots in cookware, the Meyer Vineyard label pays homage to Stanley’s first company, Meyer Corporation, the largest distributor of cookware in the world.
Thomas Rivers Brown
Thomas Brown is one of Napa Valley’s most exciting and acclaimed winemakers. His uncompromising approach to winemaking has resulted in effusive praise from the wine press, including unprecedented double 100 point scores from the Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker.
In 2009, Brown joined the Hestan Vineyards winemaking team, taking over production of the winery’s critically acclaimed Hestan and Meyer programs.
Jeff Gaffner began his career at Chateau St. Jean working with legendary winemaker Richard Arrowood to produce the winery’s celebrated 1996 Cinq Cepages, named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine. Over the years, Gaffner has developed a reputation as a specialist both in the vineyard and cellar, receiving critical acclaim for his site-expressive winemaking and signature elegant style.
Gaffner was hired in 2004 to launch Stephanie, the winery’s line of Bordeaux-style blends.
The 2014 Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, by our winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, landed the No. 8 spot on Wine Spectator’s top 100 list in 2017.
The 2007 Hestan Chardonnay and 2006 Stephanie Merlot were served at a private dinner hosted at the White House by President Obama for Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Wine Spectator calls our winemaker “one of Napa’s most accomplished.”