Howell Mountain Appellation
The Howell Mountain Appellation is one of California’s most sought after, ultra premium wine growing regions. Located in the mountains east of St. Helena, this Napa Valley appellation consists of 14,000 gross acres of mountain slope ranging in elevation from 1,600-2,300 feet above sea level (most of the acres are not plantable).
The unique climate and rugged soil conditions found on Howell Mountain are the key to consistent achievement of excellent wines from this historic appellation. Warm days and cool nights in the summer give rise to a wonderfully balanced chemistry within each tiny berry. As Autumn comes to the mountain, a slight temperature inversion consistently appears, raising the overall temperature and resulting in ripeness that unleashes the bold flavors and structured tannins for which Howell Mountain is famous. Sparse well-draining soils of volcanic ash and gravely loam work in conjunction with the unique micro-climate to produce small quanities of extraordinary fruit per acre.