Newton Vineyard

Newton Vineyard

Newton Vineyard

Combining savoir-faire, respect for the environment, and exceptional terroir, Newton Vineyard has been producing internationally acclaimed wines for over 35 years.

Creation date: 1977
Estate Director: Jean-Baptiste Rivail
Head office: 2555 Madrona Ave St Helena CA 94574 - USA
Website: www.newtonvineyard.com

Identity

Founded in 1977, Newton Vineyard is one of the most prestigious estates in California’s Napa Valley. The famous American critic Robert Parker actually devoted an article to it in his reference work The World’s Greatest Wine Estates. Located on the steep slopes of Spring Mountain, the estate, spanning just about 260 hectares, produces wines that are vinified separately then blended together. Each of the 112 parcels is planted with a specific grape variety – merlot, cabernet franc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or petit verdot. With its close relationship to the surrounding nature, the estate alternates vines with wooded areas in order to preserve a vast array of biodiversity throughout the vineyards. In 1990, innovative Newton Vineyard launched Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, one of the first unfiltered wines produced and sold within the United States, and which has become an international leader.

Vineyard parcels at Newton Vineyard © Newton Vineyard

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The Puzzle represents the most refined expression of Newton Vineyard wines. Produced exclusively with grapes sourced from Newton Vineyard vines in the prestigious Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder and Yountville appellations, this exceptional cru is the result of meticulous selection of fruit from the estate’s best parcels, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
The Puzzle expresses Newton’s dedication to working in harmony with nature. The wine has excellent cellaring potential.

The Puzzle Newton Vineyard © No restriction in terms of location, Usage and time – MH Full Rights Photographer: Eric Wolfinger

Insights

Jean-Baptiste Rivail, Newton Vineyard Estate Director © Newton Vineyard

“Spring Mountain is not just one of the most intangible assets of Newton, it is also its reason of being. A s a matter of fact, Su Hua and Peter Newton decided to establish their winery here in 1977 on the hillsides of Napa, to create a new style based on this exceptional terroir. This style expresses the multifaceted contrasts that give the Estate its singular soul, including cool nights, warm days, and a diversity of exposures, soils and elevations. The quest for this unique style lead to two key founding principals: a pioneering spirit and a deep respect for nature”

Savoir-Faire

Located on the hillside, the estate features many terraces and has 48 hectares of vines which are planted at altitudes varying from 150 to 490 meters. This arrangement is ideal for obtaining a wine with complex fruity notes. Each parcel has a specific soil type, sun exposure and microclimate, which gives the wines a great variety of flavors and aromas. To get the very best from this diversity and preserve the character of each parcel, all the grapes are harvested by hand and vinified separately. This provides the wine maker with an exceptional palette from which the wines from Newton vineyards can be blended. Fermentation occurs naturally, with local yeasts, to protect the characteristics of the fruit and to contribute to the complexity of the finished blended wine.

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Bottles of Newton Vineyard © Newton Vineyard

Outlook

In harmony with nature, the Newton Vineyard estate strives to reduce its environmental impact during all the stages of the wine-making process. Parcels of vineyards are actually integrated into the indigenous vegetation in order to preserve the hillside’s ecosystem. In addition, the estate’s cellars have been built so that they regulate their temperature naturally, thus reducing energy consumption on the estate. Finally, all organic waste (grape stalks, pips, etc.) are collected and composted to be re-used as natural fertilizers in the vineyards. All glass and plastic waste is also recycled.

Newton adopts a long-term sustainable and balanced approach with 100% organic farming of the land. By meeting a host of requirements – including water conservation, energy conservation, pollution prevention and solid waste reduction elements – Newton has received the Napa Green Certified Land and Winery certification.

Key figures

  • 260 Number of hectares on the estate
  • 86 NUMBER OF PARCELS ON THE ESTATE
  • 20% Proportion of hectares under vine, a total of 48 hectares