Renteria Wines

Owner(s) Oscar Renteria, Salvator Renteria
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Mexican immigrant Salvator Renteria picked his first grapes at Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley in 1962. He was among the first to use innovative grape farming management techniques. In 1987, he started his own vineyard management company, Renteria Vineyard Management. In 1993, his son Oscar took over the leadership reigns and today is himself a master winegrower who supplies grapes to Williams Selyem, Caymus, Robert Mondavi and Duckhorn.

Renteria manages over 1,350 acres of vineyards. In addition, winemaker Karen Culler crafts 2,000 cases of Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. A new winery and cave system is currently under construction on Mt. Veeder.

Update: Brown Ranch in Carneros was bought by Oscar Renteria in 2013. The dry-farmed vineyard is adjacent Hyde Vineyard. Renteria restored the famed vineyard to health and renovated the ranch house. Renteria is collaborating with consulting winemaker Kirk Venge on a portfolio of estate and sourced wines, the first of which were released in April 2016 and the Brown Ranch Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were released in August 2016.

Renteria Wines are located at 1106 Clark St, Napa CA 94559. The phone is 707-253-7686. Wines may be ordered on line. There is a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Renteria Knittel Vineyard Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 600 cases, $38. · Captivating aromas of black cherries, herbs, oak, cedar and prickly pear. Well-herbed and tasty dark red fruits on an elegant framework of velvety tannins leading to a fragrant finish. A thoroughly enjoyable wine. Reviewed June 16, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Renteria Knittel Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 420 cases, $25. · This wine shows very nice aromatics that include cherry and rhubarb, spice, a kiss of oak, and a hint of alcohol. The red fruit flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, and cherry are highlighted by adroit use of oak. The taut tannins add to a full mouth feel. Well-made and recommended. Reviewed April 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

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