Basic Info

"Hayfork Wine Company focuses on one varietal – one wine from the same block of the same vineyard each year. The wine is Cabernet Sauvignon and the vineyard is the historic Lewelling Vineyard located in St. Helena. This is one of the oldest continuously owned and family farmed pieces of land in the Napa Valley; a little history is in order. John Lewelling came to the valley in 1864, built a house in 1870 (still there by the way) and planted vineyards along with prunes and walnuts. He built a winery (no longer used as a winery) and actually owned a wine warehouse in St. Helena along with Napa’s winery pioneers Charles Krug and the Beringers. Hayfork is run by the husband wife team of Erik Dodd and Haley Wight. Erik helps manage Lewelling Vineyard as well as another 500 acres up and down the valley for his father in law, Doug of Wight Vineyard Management. Haley is Hayfork’s winemaker – she grew up on the property – spending one’s formative years in agricultural settings are invaluable. To quote from Hayfork’s website, she says, “As a child I roamed my family’s ranch with a sense of freedom most children today are denied. I explored creeks, climbed trees, picked berries and walked through vineyard rows searching for arrowheads. I was grateful to know the land, but in my innocence did not realize how quite fortunate I was.” Haley’s wine making experience in Napa came at Terra Valentine as well as Ballentine. Today she focuses her efforts on Hayfork and also makes the wine for Lewelling Vineyards’ own label. As Erik admits, he considers Hayfork privileged to be able to source fruit from the Lewelling Vineyard. Top producers in the valley have and currently source from the vineyard including Caymus, Viader, and Beaulieu. Today there is even a waiting list for fruit from the vineyard." (The Napa Wine Project)

Napa Valley
Sub region:
St. Helena
Year founded:
Eric Dodd & Haley Wight
Haley Wight