Harris Estate Vineyards is nestled on 48 wooded acres in the special microclimate of Franz Valley near Calistoga, California. This small inlet of Napa Valley is protected on three sides by rocky, wooded hills. The property rises from 500 feet to almost 1000 feet above sea level. This difficult, rocky terrain allows for three totally unique vineyards with distinct individual characteristics.
Mike and Treva Harris purchased Harris Estate in 1997 after retiring after 32 years as a pediatric dentist. Making wine was never part of their original retirement plan, but after having the soil tested and told the land would make excellent vineyard, they had to plant.
Thomas Brown, winemaker, is one of Napa Valley's most respected winemakers and also consults for Schrader, Outpost, Casa Piena, Chiarello and his own label, Rivers-Marie.