PlumpJack Wineries was inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff, a down-to-earth, fun-loving, irreverent character, rivaled only by his fierce loyalty to Prince Hal (Henry V), with whom he shares more than a few goblets of sack (wine) with at the local tavern.
With this philosophy in mind and an opportunity to create their own winery, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and composer/philanthropist Gordon Getty acquired a century-old 42-acre vineyard in the Napa Valley. The duo vowed to celebrate the convivial spirit of the namesake at the winery and pay tribute to the world-class vineyard by crafting high-quality wines that honored the land with an inviting and approachable style.
In 2000, PlumpJack Estate Winery would forever change the wine world. The winery introduced their 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville at the Napa Valley Wine Auction by bottling 50% of their flagship wine under a screw cap closure. Industry leaders in the use of alternative closures for luxury wines, PlumpJack Estate Winery made a huge statement that represents their commitment to quality as well as their spirit of approachability. In 2016, PlumpJack Estate Winery earned 100-points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate on their 2013 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville marking just the second time in history that a wine under a screw cap closure has received this award.
Today, Winemaker Aaron Miller and his team continue the winemaking heritage at PlumpJack Estate Winery by producing elegant wines that pay tribute to the Oakville estate vineyard and that earn high critical-acclaim.
With wines that reflect both the original vision of conviviality as well as the critic-worthy quality, PlumpJack Winery is an innovator of both style and approachability, not an easy feat in Napa Valley.