2012 FARMING PRACTICES After several challenging growing seasons, Mother Nature came through in 2012 with a near-perfect year. The ideal conditions helped us achieve the desired balance in the vineyard. Winegrape yields fell naturally in balance with their canopies, gradually maturing over an extended growing season that the Napa Valley has not experienced since the 2005 and 2007 harvest years.

In 2012 we also began redeveloping Vine Hill Ranch’s historic hillside Block 1. Originally planted to vineyard in the late 1800’s, this terraced, 11-acre block has produced singular wines through its 21-year lifespan. During the spring and summer months, we removed terraces and re-engineered the site for a new in-line oriented vineyard that will be planted to rootstock in the summer of 2013.

The redevelopment of Block 1—employing viticultural innovations developed over the course of the last 20 years—represents the next generation of winegrape growing at Vine Hill Ranch. We look forward with great anticipation to the new crop of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from this exceptional vineyard block.


2011 Napa Valley Grower of the Year

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) has announced that the Phillips family, longtime winegrape growers in Oakville, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. This is the first time that a family, rather than an individual, has been chosen for this distinction.

Bob Phillips was an early president (1984-86) of the NVG and one of the true pioneers of the organization. He participated in a significant way in many foundational industry successes, from the definition of the Napa Valley’s appellated structure to the protections afforded Napa County’s rich agricultural resources. His wife, Alex, served on the board of the Napa County Farm Bureau, and was instrumental in the founding years and beyond at the di Rosa Preserve. Bruce Phillips, their son, recently completed a two-year term as President of the NVG, during which time he led the NVG in the areas of strategic development, marketing and industry partnerships, which will carry the organization far into the future. Bruce’s wife, Heather, is a Napa County Planning Commissioner and chaired the very successful 2009 NVG Harvest STOMP event.

“The Phillips family has quietly represented the best of what we as growers
hope to be. Their love of the land and dedication to the industry and community
is an inspiration to all of us.”

Each year, the Past Presidents of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers meet to decide Grower of the Year. They deliberate over nominations submitted by the NVG membership based on: a strong commitment to sustainable practices; recognized leadership in agricultural preservation; dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community; and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards.

With over 550 members, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class winegrowing region for over 36 years. Its mission is to promote and preserve Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards.