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Wine Family Spotlight 9

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Wine Family Spotlight 9

Jones Family Vineyards is a Calistoga wine estate with family at its core. Since our founding in 1996 members of the Jones family have managed every aspect of the business operations. Founder Rick Jones co-manages the Estate with his daughters Stephanie Jones Bailey and Heather Jones Melvin. Son-in-law Daniel Bailey is national sales manager, and each grandchild carries the responsibility of checking the vineyards as they hike and play on the Calistoga property. Ensuring the well being of the Napa Valley and all its residents is a strong value of the Jones Family as well. Rick and his wife Elaine Jones support and serve on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations that ensure access to education, health and well being for all Napa Valley community members.

Our three estate vineyards are located in the northern Napa Valley at the base of Howell Mountain about 5 miles north St. Helena in the Calistoga AVA. 10 total acres of vineyards in 3 distinct blocks create unique lots with individual flavor profiles. Seven acres of cabernet sauvignon were planted between 1991 and 1993 on 110R rootstock from clone 8. In 1998 David Abreu designed and planted a 3 acre hillside vineyard of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

The soils are volcanic and rocky which allows for excellent drainage, but each vine must burrow deep into the soil to find nutrients and water. Water is also a precious commodity in our land; we irrigate just enough to compensate for the drying effect of the sun.

Our vineyard elevations vary from 600 feet at the base of the estate to about 900 feet at our highest point. Throughout each vineyard the slopes undulate from relatively flat, to almost 35% in slope. Each vine has adapted to its unique location, and the variation in elevation and slope allows for a layering of flavors in the fruit we harvest.

Our warm days and cooler evenings work with the full southern sun exposure to ripen our fruit earlier than most. This stressing of the vines and early ripening reduces our berry and cluster size creating a more extracted and concentrated flavor when our wines are pressed.

This unique location is one we preserve and protect as stewards of our lands for future generations. We farm sustainably and our Calistoga vineyards are certified Napa Valley Green.