With a passion for Napa Valley Mountain Cabernet, Bob Craig founded his eponymous winery on Howell Mountain in 1990. Known for producing small-lot, site-expressive wines from high elevation vineyards, Robert Craig Winery consistently garners high scores and positive accolades from the wine press. Since 2013, the winery has expanded its vineyard holdings beyond their physical and spiritual home on Howell Mountain to be 85% estate-grown, with significant acquisitions not only on Howell Mountain but in Mount Veeder and Coombsville AVAs as well. Owning these coveted vineyard sources allows them to maintain exceptional quality while remaining competitively priced in Napa Valley.
Viticulture and Winemaking
Robert Craig Winery is known for crafting small-lot, site-expressive wines from high elevation vineyards. Their estate vineyard holdings, which have grown from eight acres in 1993 to 120 acres today (38 planted), enable Robert Craig to deliver a collection of wines that offers a pure expression of terroir from each site. Each vineyard delivers 3 tons per acre or less, resulting in small berries packed with intense flavor. They are hand-harvested at lower brix levels resulting in wines with low PH, high acid and high tannin expression. Gentle handling contributes to the wine’s finesse; in the winery, there is no fining, filtration or oxidation to soften tannins. This non-interventionist approach has paid dividends and the wines are balanced and very enjoyable while young, yet are much more age-worthy than the earliest Robert Craig vintages.