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The original Heitz winery barely seemed adequate to nurture the big dreams of founders Joe and Alice Heitz, but it did match their 1961 budget.

As it turned out, the modest wooden building attached to an 8-acre vineyard about a mile south of St. Helena was just what the couple needed to get a toehold in winemaking history. Joe rapidly established his credentials as a gifted and innovative winemaker, and Heitz Cellar became the mecca for bold, beautiful wines served with unpretentious hospitality.

In 1964, the couple purchased a 160-acre vineyard in the eastern hills of St. Helena. This beautiful ranch with its winery and homestead proved to be the ideal place to grow their family business.

For over 57 years, wine lovers have admired the brilliant winemaking of Heitz Cellar. Three spectacular vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignons — Martha's Vineyard, Trailside Vineyard, and Linda Falls Vineyard — are the centerpiece of the winery's remarkable portfolio.

Heitz wines have been served by several United States Presidents, and they have also graced the table of many other luminaries around the world. In addition, Martha's Vineyard Cabernet achieved recognition as one of "The World's Thirty Greatest Wines" at a history-making dinner in France hosted by Champagne house, Louis Roederer in 1997.

The winery ranch is the cornerstone of Heitz' diversified operation which now consists of 425 acres of vineyards in prime locations throughout the Napa Valley. The handsome gray stone cellar, originally constructed by Anton Rossi in 1898, embodies the magnificent history of Heitz Cellar.