There is always something exciting going on at Heitz Wine Cellars! During your next visit to the Napa Valley, we hope you will stop by to see for yourself. Until then, please check back here often for the latest news updates and Events.

Smithsonian Wine Dinner
~ A Smithsonian winemaker dinner features Heitz Wine Cellars
"In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the museum brought together vintners and members of winemaking families whose own histories connect in significant ways to the early 1960s. While some established new vineyards, others transformed existing facilities into modern, distinctive wineries."

Kathleen Heitz Myers represented the Heitz family at the gathering which also featured Chalone Vineyard, The Eyrie Vineyard, Mount Eden Vineyards and Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars.

Harry and the Cardboard Cutout~ Enthusiastic greeting for Harrison Heitz
during Wine Institute tour of Asia

In anticipation of a winemaker dinner featuring Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet, the VINGA restaurant staff in Seoul greeted Harrison with a life-size replica of the legendary wine.

~ Earthquake Update
Dear friends,
As many of you are aware, we here in the Napa Valley were jolted awake at 3:20am on August 24th by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, the largest earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years. Luckily our staff emerged shaken but unharmed and our winery suffered only minor damage. Thank you to all who have reached out to check in.

~ Joe Heitz Memorial Endowment 2014:
Support for Students at Bodega Marine Laboratory

tideEstablished in 2003 by friends, family members and associates, the Joe Heitz Memorial Endowment honors Joe's life-long interest in education, his fascination with the California Coast and his contributions to the Laboratory.

In 2014, the Heitz Family is pleased to make an investment in our next generation of scientists by providing financial support for several talented students. Recent recipients: Alnashmi Abumaali, Wyatt Brown, Grace Ghrist and Kristin Krick completing coursework on the Physiological Adaptation and Ecology of Marine Organisms; Derek Blahut, Raylene Herring and Bryan Nguyen learning about Marine Organisms and Ecology of the California Coast; Cody Burr studying the Effects of Coastal Pollution on Marine Organisms; Robert McNab and Jessica Rice studying Oceanography. Photo provided by Bodega Marine Laboratory.
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~ Best Sommelier Competition Germany 2013

In the German competition for Sommelier Trophy 2013, the contenders were obviously impressed during a blind tasting of 2006 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

"It’s a beautiful wine . . . very good complexity . . . the nose is clean, high intensity . . . beautiful vanilla aromas."

~Wine Institute Elects 2012-2013 Officers of Board:
Kathleen Heitz Myers to serve as board chairman

SAN FRANCISCO – Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy group representing nearly 1,000 California wineries, announced the election of Kathleen Heitz Myers of Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena as its board chairman for 2012-2013. Other board officers elected included: Chris Fehrnstrom of Constellation Wines U.S. in San Francisco, first vice chairman; Carolyn Wente of Wente Family Estates in Livermore, second vice chairman; Greg Coleman of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, treasurer; and Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch remains president and CEO of Wine Institute.

"I am honored to support the Wine Institute's work on state, federal and international public policy. We will continue to focus on defeating tax increase proposals, expanding direct-to-consumer shipping, enhancing our wine exports, and promoting the adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices," said Heitz Myers. "As vintners and grapegrowers, we have a long-term commitment to California with deep roots in many communities. We recognize the importance of communicating to the public that the wine industry generates 330,000 jobs and nearly $62 billion in economic impact to California annually."

Heitz Myers has been president of Heitz Wine Cellars since 1998. As the second generation to lead the family business, she has continued to advance the winery's international reputation. She is a dedicated advocate for California wines and is highly regarded for her leadership as past president of the Napa Valley Vintners, past chair of Auction Napa Valley, member of the Land Trust of Napa County Advisory Council and past president of the Napa Valley Exposition board of directors. Wine Institute Press Release - June 13, 2012.
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~Heitz Cellars selected Best Red Winemaker 2012 JAPAN WINE CHALLENGE
Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 earns multiple awards:
Best New World Red Wine, Best USA Wine, Gold Medal

The 15th Japan Wine Challenge was held July 2012 at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel. With over 1,350 wines from 27 different countries, this event is now firmly established as one of Asia's most prestigious wine competition. Judges from The Institute of Masters of Wine head the impressive international panel of experts.

Amid the crowd of contenders, Heitz Wine Cellars earned several coveted awards including the Riedel Japan Award for Best Red Winemaker. Heitz' 2007 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was selected as the Best USA wine in addition to winning a Trophy for Best New World Red Wine (only 11 trophies were bestowed) and a Gold Medal.
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~ Napa Valley Vintners Announce
Kathleen Heitz Myers Board President for 2011

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association representing 400 wineries in America's premier wine region announced today that Kathleen Heitz Myers of the eponymous Heitz Wine Cellars has been elected to lead the 67-year-old organization as board president for 2011.

"I am proud to lead the Napa Valley Vintners and follow in my dad's footsteps as board president. He held the office back in 1971 when there were fewer than thirty wineries in the association. Times have changed since then and the NVV has 400 wineries and while still just 4% of California's wine grape harvest the region accounts for 34% of the economic impact of all of California's wine industry on the U.S. economy," said Heitz Myers.

Other board officers elected include Jeff McBride, General Manager of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars as vice-president; Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards as secretary and Rick Jones, owner of Jones Family Vineyards re-elected as CFO.

The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. To read entire press release. >> Download article.
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~ Heitz Family donates 21 acres to the Napa Valley Land Trust, expanding the boundaries of Linda Falls Preserve

Photo by Marissa

“The Heitz family, famed for its winemaking, has donated 21 acres to the Land Trust’s Linda Falls Preserve just south of Angwin. This addition brings the total acreage of the Linda Falls preserve to 161 acres.

This piece of land is particularly important as it expands the preserve boundaries to old Howell Mountain Road, a traditional hiking and biking access to the preserve itself. The Heitz family donation also adds the upper reaches of the Conn Creek, just above Linda Falls, to the preserve. The

Linda Falls preserve was created in 1998 and expanded in 2008 due to the generosity of Edward Van Egri. It contains mature Douglas fir forest, northern spotted owls, several wildflower plants and an important riparian corridor along Conn Creek.” NapaLife, December 14, 2009

This 21-acre donation is part of the original 42-acre conservation easement that the Heitz family donated to the Napa Valley Land Trust in 2002.

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~ Heitz Cellars’ Poppy is featured in Wine Dogs USA

According to their official website, “Wine Dogs travels the world in pursuit of mutts and purebreds to feature in (their) books and calendars.” When the Wine Dogs photographer made a recent visit to Heitz Cellars, David Heitz’ photogenic Poppy was happy to strike a few poses. It was no surprise to us that her full page picture made the October 2008 edition of Wine Dogs USA. David revealed a few secrets for Poppy’s new fan club. Like most Bedlington Terriers, her pet peeve is being told that she looks like a lamb. Her favorite naughty pastime is dragging the cat by the tail.

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~ Auction Napa Valley Brings $10.35 Million at Signature Charity Event
   Despite Challenging Economy, More Successful Bidders Than Ever

6/8/2008: Postcard-perfect weather welcomed revelers to the Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) annual community fundraiser Auction Napa Valley (ANV) where despite a challenging economic climate, $10.35 million was raised for the area's charities, a 5% increase over 2007.

Guests from across the country and around the globe gathered for the four-day event, now in its 28th year, to bid on barrel futures, one-of-a-kind wines, winery vertical collections and rare bottlings of Napa Valley wines that were often partnered with vintner-hosted events, luxury items and travel at this granddaddy of charity wine auctions known as The American Wine Classic. When the final gavel fell at the Live Auction on Saturday night from the podium at Meadowood Napa Valley, a total of 44 Live Lots, 128 Barrel Lots and 87 E-Lots were sold to winning bidders from as far away as China.

"This was an amazing outpouring of generosity," said Kathleen Heitz Myers, whose family of Heitz Wine Cellars chaired this year's event. "We are thrilled to see that even in these uncertain times people find value in returning to the Napa Valley to spend time enjoying our wines and our vintner camaraderie away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and ultimately supporting our community."

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~ Heitz Wine Cellars Restores Riparian Habitat on Conn Creek

“As part of its participation in the Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program, Heitz Wine Cellars is improving riparian habitat along Conn Creek, a tributary of the Napa River that runs through one of Heitz’s vineyards near St. Helena.” - St. Helena Star, March 8, 2007

We have embarked on a multi-year project at our Trailside Vineyard to restore the creek banks along its border. The first phase involved removal of invasive non-native plant species, including Blue Gum Eucalpytus, Himalayan Blackberry and Giant Reed.

As one of the earliest properties in Napa County to enroll in the Fish Friendly Farming Program, Heitz Wine Cellars is proud to be the recipient of an award of Congressional Recognition for excellence in Stream Habitat and Restoration. We intend to ensure that the delightful wildlife community that resides along the creek at Trailside Vineyard will continue to thrive for generations to come.


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