In the 1960s, the Edward Keith family purchased over 1,000 acres of the Rancho Catacula Land Grant and turned a portion of it into the Bar 49 Summer Camp. This camp provided children with an opportunity to experience farming, horseback riding, fishing, boating, water sports and arts and crafts.
The Keith family planted the first grape vines in 1974. Today, about 100 acres are planted include Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The volcanic soil these vines are planted in creates a prime growing condition. The Keith’s practiced sustainable farming and saw themselves as protectors of the land. In order to preserve the integrity of the property, the land was placed within the Napa Valley Land Trust. This guarantees the land will never be subdivided and it is only used for agricultural purposes.
In 1996, construction began for the most impressive tasting room and aging facility in the Chiles Valley. The underground ageing facility can accommodate up to 2,000 barrels.
The winery was purchased by Maxville Lake in 2014. Maxville continues to care for the land just as the Keith family did. In 2016, they renovated the building and began constructing guest houses. Vintage after vintage, the goal is to create wines that exhibit remarkable consistency of style and elegance for all occasions. Let the land speak for itself through the high quality of Maxville wines.
Our 1000-acre Napa Valley estate is located in the prime Chiles Valley AVA, an appellation of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area nestled in the Vaca Mountains above the northeast side of the Napa Valley. The volcanic soil combined with its high elevation and climate create a prime growing condition for our proprietary Estate Maxville Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
The Maxville team led by our executive winemaker, Camille Benitah and winemaker Greg Fitzgerald began an extensive redevelopment and restoration of both the vineyard acreage and the riparian corridors. Presently over 120 acres of vineyards are planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah at elevations of 900 to 1100 feet.
Our cooler microclimate results in a longer growing season giving our grapes an opportunity to continue to mature with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity beyond those grown on the valley floor.
Although Maxville vineyards are situated in this prime growing region, we also employ dry farming methods and other farming techniques to stress our vines, forcing them to concentrate on growing rich berries rather than feeding them nutrients and water for them to grow larger vines.
As the vineyard owner, we are passionate about the land we share together and care deeply about the preservation and longevity of the soil and earth that we farm. More importantly we are devoted to protecting the integrity of the land and growing and producing the highest quality grapes to blend into our Maxville Estate Wines.