Photo by Adrián Gregorutti
Welcome to Wheeler Farms
We invite you to discover the historic property of the J.H. Wheeler family — now reimagined as a farm where vegetables and flowers grow harmoniously amongst our vineyards and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Experience exceptionally warm hospitality overlooking the vineyards to Mt. St. Helena, as you enjoy the architecture of old California agricultural buildings housing a thoroughly high-tech winemaking facility peopled by passionate winemakers. By the end of your visit, you will have savored the roots of our DNA: a sanctuary of biodiversity, a unique collaboration of winegrowers, the deliciousness of outstanding wines, the bounty of our gardens and orchards, and the pervasive pursuit of excellence that reaches every corner of Wheeler Farms.
Originally part of the 2000-acre Carne Humana Spanish land grant, Wheeler Farms, located in the heart of Napa Valley at 588 Zinfandel Lane, St Helena, has a rich history that parallels that of the Valley in which it lies. First planted to grapes in 1865, it has been an agriculturally based land from the outset, where the Wheeler family grew apples, prunes and walnuts as well as grape vines, and where they made wine and brandy in an on-site winery located at Zinfandel Station, next to the railroad tracks that parallel Highway 29.
Much of the original property has been sold off over the years, and the original winery no longer exists, but wine grapes still grow on the land...
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A new chapter in the life of this property began when Bart and Daphne Araujo purchased the present Wheeler Farms parcel and conceived a plan to construct a new winery complex and replant the existing vineyards. Out of respect for the property’s legacy of farm and home, the Araujos used an agricultural vernacular for the new buildings, and included a heritage fruit tree orchard, olive trees for olive oil, edible gardens and chickens to present a complete expression of diversified Napa Valley agriculture.
Wheeler Farms wines are produced in the newly constructed fermentation building which houses an immaculate and technologically advanced system of computerized and self-contained stainless steel tanks. The winemaker can monitor and control temperatures and pumpovers with precision and ease, freeing up valuable time and resources that can otherwise be dedicated to winemaking decisions.
The wines are aged in barrel in the below-ground cellars, providing a humidity and temperature controlled environment with ideal wine-ageing conditions.
Custom crush clients also produce their wines at Wheeler Farms in a congenial and collegial setting that belies the state-of-the-art winemaking facility.