In 1975, I fell in love with the 85 acre property in Calistoga on Diamond Mountain Road. The property came with an old stone castle built in 1906 by Jacques Pacheteau and a carraige house built in the late 1800’s designed by W.H. Corlett.
In 1988, love strikes again and I married Marilyn Belk. We are blessed with two daughters, Jamee and Charlotte who also have grown to enjoy the wonders of the wine business.
In 1997, I was pinched by the wine bug and we planted the vineyards. Every detail was meticulously thought out and in turn, captured the interest of Napa Valley's top winemakers. Initially we sold the fruit to David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellar and then to Chris Carpenter of Lokoya Winery. After tasting the superb Cabernet Sauvignon Ramey and Lokoya were making from our vineyard fruit, it was in 2006 when we decided to make wine for ourselves and showcase the benefits of our hard work.
Our Philosophy: Ideal Location, Pedigree of Fruit, Meticulous Farming Practices and a Rockstar Winemaker.
The Diamond Mountain District is a superior growing area in Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Boasting a myriad of soil types and exposures at a wide range of elevations.
Pedigree of Fruit:
13 acres of vineyards are planted in 8 distinct blocks. Extensive research went into the selection of varietal clones and rootstocks that perfectly match our soils and climate. This results in five different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon complimented by small plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The historic castle and carriage house have recently been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. We strive to share the history of the castle by retrofitting the building into a unique tasting room experience.
Original photo of Chateau Pacheteau being built in 1906. Originally the estate produced Sherry and served as an exporting business to the East Coast.