|The vineyards of the historic Lewelling estate were established in 1864 near the western foothills in St. Helena by pioneer winegrower and horticulturist John Lewelling. Janice Lewelling Wight, John Lewelling's great-granddaughter, and her husband Russ, together with their three sons, Alan, Doug and Dave, operate a 28-acre vineyard on a portion of the original estate, one of the oldest continuously-owned family vineyards in the Napa Valley.
Over the years Lewelling Vineyards has consistently harvested exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes that have been sold to such fine Napa Valley wineries as Caymus, Galleron, Markham, Viader and Beaulieu Vineyards. With encouragement and assistance from some of these producers, the Wight family began production in 1992 of their own vineyard-designated wine. Each member of the family plays a role in crafting Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Wight family is committed to making wines that showcase the exceptional fruit from this unique vineyard site. Crop size, irrigation, trellising and vine nutrition are managed for optimum grape quality. The wines are carefully hand-crafted using traditional winemaking methods and aged in French and American oak barrels from a selection of coopers. Gentle winemaking and minimal handling are emphasized to preserve the natural richness of the grapes. A program of experimentation with root stocks, clones, trellising and winemaking techniques seeks to enhance the texture, complexity and elegant natural balance of the wines.