Frank Family Vineyards has become a household name for lovers of premium Napa Valley wines, where consistency is artistry. With more than 380 acres of the finest vineyards across the best AVAs within Napa Valley, we know location makes a difference. Every year, we source grapes from our four vineyards and our favorite neighbors, allowing our winemaker to truly master the terroir and craft exceptional wines. Our vineyards have become an important part of the Frank Family story, not only for the grapes they produce, but for their namesakes—our grandchildren.
First Light In The Vineyards
Winston Hill and the Wine that Bears its Name
Our estate vineyard is an esteemed lot, known for producing wines of First Growth quality, one of which is our flagship Winston Hill wine—a beautifully balanced Cabernet-based blend. It's crafted of the best Frank Family grows, with a balanced palate and velvety tannins that lead to an incredibly long finish. It's the best expression of the land, of Winston Hill Vineyard—symbolic of what Rutherford has to offer. Rich Frank purchased what would become Frank Family's estate vineyard in 1990, falling in love with a great, old house that came with an original 10 acres of plantings among the 107-acre lot. Southwest-facing and known to be one of the great vineyards in Rutherford, Rich soon learned what he had, and what he could do with it.
Our first Winston Hill vintage was in 2002. Each year since, it's been slightly different, depending on what Mother Nature gives us and how the grapes develop, but always consistent in quality. Though the impeccable fruit first inspired the wine, it was the freedom given to our winemaker Todd Graff, his ingenuity and discerning taste, that has made the blend an award-winning and always-anticipated wine, every year. The blend of grapes is like a piece of classical music played by a string quartet, where each grape represents a different instrument in the ensemble. Each one has a unique sound, or flavor profile, and when brought together they create something greater than the sum of their parts. Winston Hill is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, crescendoing into a wine that has become synonymous with Frank Family Vineyards.
Our Vineyard Team
Great wine comes first from superior grapes. Those grapes only thrive with meticulous attention and dedication. As Mother Nature doesn’t take time off, neither does our vineyard team – growing is a 24/7 endeavor. Comprehensive care requires hand-pruning, year-round protection, and, of course, harvest.
It is with the vineyard team’s commitment to a higher standard that we received Napa Green certifications for both land and winery since 2015. For us, the quality of our wine is as important as taking care of the environment, and our vineyard team helps ensure Frank Family's legacy will continue for generations to come.
Green to Our Roots
We believe sustainable farming produces grapes with stronger character and a greater sense of place. Being sustainable means protecting the soil, water, and air – all components that contribute to the vigor and flavor of our grapes, and ultimately our wines. For this reason, Frank Family is dedicated to earth-to-bottle stewardship and takes our commitment to sustainability very seriously.
In 2015, we achieved a milestone achievement in sustainability when our vineyard and winery practices became 100% third-party certified by Napa Green. We continue to integrate environmentally and socially responsible practices into our every-day business, achieving a higher standard of sustainability year after year. Saving energy and water, reducing waste and carbon footprint, and being conscientious employers and good neighbors is Frank Family’s way of ensuring the long-term health of our land, communities, and industry.