Pott Wine


  • "I was deeply struck by Aaron Pott’s wines this year. The 2010s are terrific, but the bigger story, at least today, is how promising the 2011s are. Pott sources fruit from a handful of top sites, including Stagecoach (on the Pritchard Hill-Atlas Peak border), Quixote (Stags’ Leap) and Greer (Rutherford)." (Wine Advocate)
  • "Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers. Aaron Pott is taking Napa Cabernet Sauvignon back to its roots avoiding artificially concentrated, super fruity wines championing profound single-vineyard reds. He also makes wines for star properties like Blackbird, Seven Stones, Quixote and Bello Family. Potts influences are far-ranging, he has managed Bordeaux châteaus and made wines all over the world, but his true inspiration is his home turf, Napa. He was named Winemaker of the Year in 2012 by Food & Wine Magazine." (Into Wine)

Basic Info

Nearly twenty years ago, Aaron Pott, then assistant winemaker at Newton, found himself yearning for a French wine adventure. He asked Michel Rolland if he could find him a job somewhere. Heeding his master’s call, he dutifully showed up at the appointed Chateau... only to be taken on as winemaker. So began 6 years of living and working in France, culminating in a Master’s Degree in Viticulture from the Université of Bourgogne, while being winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot and, in 1994, becoming director of Château La Tour Figeac. Ready to come home in 1998, Aaron phased himself back to California with a stint as Beringer’s “flying winemaker” making wine in France, Italy and Chile. In 2001, he became winemaker at St. Clement, collecting a pantheon of vineyards that would make the lauded single vineyard series. In 2004, Aaron moved to Quintessa where he was winemaker and general manager through 2007. Currently he is consulting for Bello Family Vineyards, Blackbird, Fisher Vineyards, Krupp Brothers Estate/Stagecoach Vineyard, Quintessa, Quixote, Seven Stones, and Martin Estate. He has chosen clients who, like him, think wine is sexy and aren’t afraid to make something that will be misunderstood by the masses. And now... well now comes the best part, getting to make his own wine: Pott Wine.

North Coast
Sub region:
Napa Valley
Aaron Pott
Aaron Pott