Darms Lane Winery

North Coast
Sub region:
Napa Valley
Year founded:
Larry Bump
Brian Mox

Basic Info

Darms Lane Winery, owned by Oklahoman Larry Bump, takes its name from Darms Lane, a quiet country road just west of Highway 29 between the towns of Napa and Yountville in the Oak Knoll District. It was established in Oak Knoll in 1983 as a Chardonnay estate and was known as Crichton Hall Vineyard. The estate was acquired it is totality in 2002 and the 14 acres of original Chardonnay vines were replaced by the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In 2005, the first estate grown Darms Lane Cabernet Sauvignon was produced. Today, Darms Lane produced around 500 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, 400 cases of Chardonnay and 250 cases of Pinot Noir every year. Winemaker Brian Mox’s career includes stints at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Pine Ridge Winery, Laird Family Estates, Etude, Crichton Hall (where he came to know Larry & Linda Bump), and Lewis Cellars, where he was winemaker until 2011. Brian collaborates with Larry on the creation of this estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Tricia Bump-Davis, Darms Lane General Manager, is the youngest daughter of Larry. She graduated with a BS in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University and worked as a computer programmer before being lured to California to work with the Family. Well-traveled, Tricia embraced some of the Europeans customs, especially those long familial meals paired with beautiful wines. When her Dad asked her to join the family business, it was a natural step and an exciting challenge.