||Salvestrin Winery was just named in the top ten undiscovered wineries by Legendary Napa Valley. This is a somewhat iconic accolade for a family who just celebrated its 84th harvest. The Salvestrins’ are committed to exceptional wines, family, community and land preservation. They are authentic as they come, and perhaps this is why they have thrived through turbulent times.
The story of Salvestrin is as unique. In 1932 Italian immigrants John and Emma Salvestrin settled in the Napa Valley and purchased an old estate along St. Helena Highway. Their farmhouse was originally built in 1860, by Dr. George Belden Crane (1806-1898) who, along with Krug is regarded as the first wine pioneers in Napa. The restored farmhouse is now registered with NRHP and offers accommodations to wine club members. They are the only winery in Napa to have guest lodging immersed in winery operation and vineyards.
The Salvestrin have always believed in sustainable farming. Ed Salvestrin tended the vines alongside his father for many years learning old-world farming techniques. Today at almost 80, Ed still likes to take his vintage tractor collection for a spin in the vineyard. Rich Salvestrin grew the businesses into a successful and highly regarded winery. He grew up in the vineyards then
earned a degree in viticulture from Fresno State University. In 1994 Rich, and wife Shannon, celebrated their inaugural release and soon had three daughters Hannah, Emma and Tessa. Rich is a true preservationist and just received the NCFBs “Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year” award.
And still what is most impressive about the Salvestrins is their handcrafted wines. The Salvestrin “Collection” includes six estate grown varietals; two of which are from Italian descent, and two Cabernet Sauvignons considered the kings of Napa Valley. Ask Rich and he will tell you great winemaking and life, is about balance. Salvestrin wines are all fruit-forward, elegant, and respectfully well balanced.
To some, the Salvestins and their wines may still be
undiscovered. It is, however, undeniable that four generations of Salvestrins’ have made something special. Few wineries can say their vines are rooted in such history, their family so instrumental in preservation, and their wines so authentic to the varietal and soil in which they are grown.|