The Generosity of Nature

Vineyard and winery
Helms Vineyard Wine

Helms Vineyard

Located adjacent to the historic DANA winery at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, Helms Vineyard is an 8-acre site on the western side of the Rutherford AVA. The site’s deep soils include abundant riverbed gravel with decomposed remnants of an ancient seabed. Fruit from this site is richly perfumed, with beautiful plummy fruit and heady aromatics. Dusty cocoa-powder tannins have a natural softness and viscosity that lend elegant volume to the wines. Cabernet Sauvignon from Helms Vineyard is DANA Estate’s most classically styled bottling, evoking the old world wines that inspired our project.

Lotus Vineyard Wine

Lotus Vineyard

This rocky, five-acre vineyard is located just below the Howell Mountain appellation, on the eastern side of Napa Valley. With virtually no topsoil, Lotus Vineyard pushes the vines to root deep into the iron-rich, fractured bedrock, resulting in concentrated fruit with extraordinary power, breadth and length. A range of aspects from southwest-facing to north-facing produces wonderful complexity of aromas, introducing spice, graphite, and chocolate to the muscular black fruit as the wine blooms on the palate. A perennial critic’s favorite, Lotus Vineyard is DANA’s biggest and most robust Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Hershey Vineyard Wine

Hershey Vineyard

Hershey Vineyard is DANA’s largest and most diverse vineyard site, planted to both red and white grapes. This 35-acre vineyard perches 1800 feet above sea level in the Howell Mountain AVA, where the soils include varying combinations of fractured bedrock, gravel, compressed ash boulders, clay, and white dust. The site’s diversity requires block-specific farming; pick dates are typically four weeks apart for red grapes. Fermented in single barrels to preserve each lot’s unique personality, Hershey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegant, linear structure with intriguing savory and mineral notes, and a layered complexity especially beloved by sommeliers.