Mark of Distinction

Empowering Change in Your Community

Markham Vineyards understands the value of community involvement, and the inspiration for its Mark of Distinction program can be found in the history of the winery itself. With a lineage dating to 1874, this pioneering winery has always upheld a tradition of unwavering commitment to Napa Valley, giving back through a wide range of charitable initiatives.

Markham believes it could not have become the success it is today without the support of the community. As a result the winery developed the Mark of Distinction program to empower local citizens to share in the spirit of giving back.

Each year, passionate, inspiring candidates with a project intended to make a lasting difference in their community can enter at  The winners are awarded a grant of $25,000, designed to empower individuals to make positive, tangible change across America.

Projects can range from repairing dilapidated parks, to building a memorial, to creating a community center. To enter, submit a proposal of no more than 300 words that describes the initiative, rationale and inspiration. A brief budget and timeline detailing how and when project funds will be used must also be presented.

You can learn more about the Markham Mark of Distinction program, past winners and how to participate at

Mark of Distinction Wines
Markham Vineyards proudly introduces its first vintage of The Philanthropist and The Altruist, two new single-vineyard, limited production Estate Cabernet Sauvignon wines dedicated to Markham‘s Mark of Distinction grant recipients.

The 2006 vintage of The Philanthropist and The Altruist have been created to highlight the recipients of the 2008 Mark of Distinction grants, the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, KS, and Table to Table in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.

In fall 2010 the 2007 vintage of The Philanthropist and The Altruist will be released to honor the 2009 Mark of Distinction grant recipients: Long Island, NY Sled Hockey and Paul Ruby Foundation in Geneva, Ill.