Dunn Vineyards dates back to 1972 when Randy and Lori Dunn purchased their original property high atop Howell Mountain, an appellation that came into existence in 1984. Their first commercial vintage was in 1981, making them one of the oldest continuously producing wineries in the Angwin area. You won’t find Dunn Vineyards on any tourist maps; it is a private, family-owned estate.
The vineyard sits in a very rural location surrounded by native vegetation, creating a natural balance between nature and the vineyards. Several vineyards dot the hills owned by the Dunn family. Randy and Lori own over 200 acres, only 35 of which are planted. 63 of those forested acres are entrusted to the Napa Valley Land Trust. This ensures that regardless of who owns this land in the future, it will stay as it is now–as trees.
Since the early 1980s, Dunn Vineyards has always specialized in two types of wine: a Howell Mountain Cabernet and a Napa Valley Cabernet. The focus is on terroir-driven wines. Randy’s philosophy is that you need to be able to taste where the wines are coming from. There are 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining 6 acres comprised of a blend of different varietal including Petite Syrah, Syrah, Sangiovese, Scarlet, and Concord grapes.