Mt. Brave Wines
Mt. Brave is a tribute to the pioneering spirit of those who settled the rugged terrain of Mt. Veeder during the 1800s and an homage to the native Wappos, “the brave ones,” who were the original inhabitants of this extraordinary place. The land now home to Mt. Brave was purchased in 1841, two decades before the Civil War and right before the Gold Rush forever changed California.
Wine has been crafted from Mt. Veeder soils since the early 1860s. Along with other Napa winemaking pioneers such as Charles Krug and Agoston Haraszthy, Captain Stalham Wing arrived on Mt. Veeder in 1853 and showed the first Mt. Veeder wine at the Napa County Fair in 1864. For 150 years, determined winegrowers have moved forward where many thought the conditions too severe, too extreme, and too lacking in promise. The Mt. Brave Vineyard was established decades ago at elevations ranging from 1400 to 1800 feet. While Mt. Veeder is cool, Mt. Brave sits above the fog line, with morning sun warming the grapes each day. Soils are sparse, a gravely loam with rocks large and small. Nutrients and minerals are scant, resulting in tiny berries with concentrated and complex flavors. At harvest, small lug boxes must be carefully moved up and down steep slopes to protect both the vines and vineyard workers. The work is hard and labor-intensive, and little mechanized modern technology is used.
Appellation: Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley
Vineyards: Mt. Brave Vineyard (northern Mt. Veeder)
Total Acreage: 100 planted acres (250 acres total)
Plantings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon
First Vintage: 2007
WINES OF MT BRAVE
Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Mt. Veeder Merlot
Mt. Veeder Malbec