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Howell Mountain Tour
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Down a long country road lined with tattered fences and mossy boulders, amidst old oaks surrounded by vineyards, through tall grasses that give way to dusty dirt roads and ranches, and over a stream that blossoms into a lake, Aonair’s story begins…
Located in the heart of hillside vineyards, visitors often indulge in our wine in the shelter of mighty oak trees or our welcoming tasting rooms. We make wine with patience and without compromise. We make the wine we like to drink.
When founder Tom Burgess purchased a circa 1870s vineyard and winery in 1972, he established himself as an ambassador for Napa Valley and a pioneer of mountainside wineries. Today, the second generation builds on the legacy of this esteemed property, under the cellar direction of UC Davis winemaker Kelly Woods.
With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery.
“When you taste wine from a great vineyard, it has a distinct personality; a taste, a feel, a look; something that makes it different from any vineyard in the world. This distinct personality, however, is the sum of a variety of personalities within the vineyard itself. Understanding and interpreting those personalities is the greatest challenge in the evolution of a great vineyard and the wine produced from it.”–Delia Viader