Nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains overlooking the Napa Valley is a small (25 square-mile) appellation that produces wines of elegance and rustic mountain power. The Mount Veeder American Viticultural Area (AVA) stretches about 13 miles from north to south in the Mayacamas Range on the western edge of Napa Valley; almost one-third the length of the valley.
The vignerons of Mt. Veeder range from recluses and dairy farmers to artists, musicians and businessmen. It takes a love of the vine, unrelenting patience and sheer guts to grow grapes on this rugged, volcanic mountain. The slopes are steep, the soils are thin and the viticulture is back-breaking, but, the result is intense, chewy wines with distinctive wild berry fruit flavors and magnificent spice. The region’s area totals around 15,000 acres, with over 1,000 acres under vine. Some vineyard slopes here are as steep as 30 degrees, allowing more direct exposure to the sun, as well as providing superior air drainage thus reducing the climatic extremes. The wines of Mt. Veeder are a testament to the efforts of vignerons with true passion.