Vine Hill Ranch


  • "I can’t say enough about the work the Phillips family has done with the first four vintages of VHR, Vine Hill Ranch… An all-star team led by winemaker Francoise Peschon and viticulturist Mike Wolff look after every aspect of the wines with meticulous care. Although hardly a ‘new’ property, Vine Hill Ranch gets my vote as the single most exciting emerging winery in Napa Valley." (Wine Advocate)
  • “The Phillips family (2011 Napa Valley Grower of the Year) has quietly represented the best of what we as growers hope to be. Their love of the land and dedication to the industry and community is an inspiration to all of us.” (David Beckstoffer, Napa Valley Grapegrowers President)

Basic Info

There have been grapes farmed on Vine Hill Ranch since 1884, and the independent growers who planted this piece of the Oakville Grade documented their annual plantings of grapevines, plums, pears and other crops in hand-scribed reports, which we honor in the style of our label! Following the footsteps of those pioneering families, our maternal grandfather, Bruce Kelham, purchased the land in 1959. He was a dedicated preservationist who moved to Napa to cultivate wine grapes after playing a role in establishing the Point Reyes National Seashore. We are proud to be part of a long line of independent growers who have farmed this land over the past century. Bob and Alex Phillips began cultivating fine wine grapes here in 1959 and, with the founding of Phillips Family Farming, Vine Hill Ranch continues to produce exceptional fruit for a collection of premier Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vintners, including both Bond and Harlan. VHR Cabernet Sauvignon is the culmination of our evolution from grape growing to winemaking. Years of traversing vineyard rows and caring for each of Vine Hill Ranch’s seven blocks have imbued a deep understanding of our vineyard’s unique characteristics. We are also extremely proud to have the dynamic, and incredible duo of vineyard manager Michael Wolf and winemaker Francoise Peschon with us at Vine Hill Ranch!

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Phillips Family
Françoise Peschon