July 6, 2012

The Newton


The Newton wine estate is perched high on the slopes of the Mayacamas mountains in California’s Napa County, about 65 miles north of San Francisco. Here in St. Helena, the vines that yield such renowned wines as Puzzle and Unfiltered Tier are grown with uncompromising respect for the environment.

Newton wines are naturally fermented and bottled without filtration to fully express the rich character of this terroir. This purist approach, a credo of the vineyard’s founders, Peter and Su Hua Newton, permeates every aspect of the way the estate is managed. Newton is a vineyard designed and developed to be as one with Californian nature.

Founded in 1977, the estate spreads over a total of 560 acres, ranging from 500 to 1,600 feet above sea level. Each grape varietal—Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot—is grown in a separate vineyard block chosen for its sun exposure, soil type, and individual microclimate.

At the foot of the exquisite wood architecture winery building, an English parterre garden with manicured box hedges and corkscrew-shaped juniper trees sets the stage for the glories of nature. Beneath the stone fountain in the center of the garden, the wines mature underground in a naturally cooled cave, while high on the ridge above stands a majestic single pine tree, the Pino Solo, watching over the estate of which it is the emblem. 

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