PlumpJack Estate Winery was inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Sir John “PlumpJack” Falstaff, a down-to-earth, fun-loving, irreverent character, who shares more than a few goblets of wine with Henry V at the local tavern. With this outlook 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 Napa Valley. The duo vowed to celebrate the convivial spirit of the winery’s namesake and craft high-quality wines that featured an inviting and approachable style.
In 2000, PlumpJack Estate Winery forever changed the wine world when they introduced their 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley Wine Auction with 50% of the bottling under a screw cap closure. They made a huge statement that represented their commitment to quality as well as their spirit of approachability.
In 2016, PlumpJack, now an industry leader in the use of alternative closures for luxury wines, earned 100-points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate for their 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon marking just the second time in history that a wine under a screw cap closure received this award. With wines that reflect both the original vision of conviviality as well as the critic-worthy quality, PlumpJack Estate Winery is an innovator of both style and approachability, not an easy feat in Napa Valley.