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Our Story

Somerston is a 1,682 acre winery estate hidden high in the eastern Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley. Established in 2007, the property is managed with the singular vision of becoming one of Napa Valley’s greatest estates. The estate has 230 acres of sustainably-farmed vineyards with 154 unique vineyard blocks, from which two distinct wine brands are produced – Somerston & Priest Ranch.

The Somerston wines showcase the highest quality single block wines on the property.  With each vintage, the best sites are selected to produce distinctive block-designate wines.

Our Team

Somerston Winemaking Team

Winemaking Team - Roberto Martinez, Rodrigo Herrera, Craig Becker, and Cody Hurd (from left to right)

Somerston Accounting Team

Accounting Team - Mayra Espinoza, Christine Sully, and Greg McKeown (from left to right)

Somerston Vineyard Team

Vineyard Team - Jose Antonio Perez, Jose Carmelo Leon, Alvaro Tellez, Jake Knobloch, Serafin Tellez, and Daniel Ramirez (from left to right)

Somerston Sales Marketing Team

Sales and Marketing - Margeaux McLain and Melissa Jackson

History

What began as two historic properties, has been merged to create one singular vision for the future.  Follow us in our journey to create the ultimate Napa Valley legacy.

1869
1869

In 1869, Joshua James Priest, who came to California in 1849, bought 692-acres of Rancho Catacula called Soda Valley or Priest Ranch.

1886
1886

A few years after settling the estate, the Priest family worked with Calistoga Water to bottle Priest Natural Soda Water.  This bottle and many more can still be found at the estate when hiking the 1,682-acre property

1947
1947

First vineyard planted on historic Elder Valley

1972
1972

The first vineyard was planted on the historic Priest Ranch side of the estate.

2004
2004

Somerston Vineyards acquired the historic Priest Ranch

2006
2006

Somerston Vineyard acquired the historic Elder Valley

2006
2006

The first wine was produced by Somerston Estate with Winemaker Craig Becker.

2011
2011

Winery completed at Somerston Estate

2017
2017

When 2017 fires raged through the region, we lost the entire vintage due to smoke and ash in the vineyards. The decision to forgo the 2017 vintage came as a result of testing and tasting the grapes. As you all know, we take so much pride in all we do and will make no compromises with our wine production.

Now
Now

In April of 2020, Somerston Estate acquired an additional 62 acres of the historic Priest Ranch.  

Somerston Estate announced that they would not harvest any fruit from the 2020 vintage due to smoke damage from Northern California’s Hennessey Fire.

“At Somerston, we take pride in the grapes we grow, sell, and vinify. We make no compromises,” says Craig Becker.