The grapes for this wine were grown in some of the highest vineyard blocks in Carneros, which happen to be in Artesa’s estate vineyard at the edge of Mt. Veeder. These are some of our best vineyard blocks, with a southeastern aspect (i. e. morning sun exposure, but less hot afternoon sun) that allows the grapes to ripen fully while retaining their natural acidity. The gravelly soils here are markedly different than the shallow, heavy clay which prevails throughout Carneros. Our 20-year old vines produce aromatic, highly concentrated grapes which express their place of origin with a distinct minerality.
Artesa is Napa’s newest, most exciting winery. Our architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to methode champenoise sparkling wine production. But in 1997, with the arrival of a world-class winemaker and a $10 million conversion, the winery shifted focus dramatically. Artesa was born with the inaugural release of ultra-premium still wines in September 1999. Artesa (ahr TESS uh) means ”craftsman” and connotes ”handcrafted” in Catalan, language of Barcelona and our owner, Codorniu, one of the world’s largest and oldest wineries. History Timeline The Codorniu Group actually consists of eight spectacular wineries whose wines are enjoyed daily in over 100 countries around the world. So, while we are Napa’s newest, our heritage is rich. We share five centuries of history with 15 generations of a remarkable winemaking family.