In 1982, the Skalli Family acquired Dollarhide Ranch, a cattle and horse ranch that dates back to the late 1800s. Dollarhide is a 1,531 acre property with steep and rolling hills, some flat lands, seven lakes, and plenty of wildlife. We have planted close to 500 acres of grapevines at Dollarhide, leaving the rest of the property to thrive in its natural state. The remainder of the property is home to a diverse collection of flora and fauna. The oldest vines at Dollarhide Ranch, now more than 29 years old, produce the full-bodied, robust Cabernet Sauvignon and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc on which St. Supéry Estate's reputation was built.
Vineyard elevations ranging from 600 to 1,100 feet above sea level, 7 different soil series, 13 different soil variations and a unique microclimate combine at Dollarhide to create an especially accommodating growing environment for Bordeaux grape varieties. This estate vineyard is where the majority of our estate wines originate. Its diverse terrain and terroir give our wines their distinct characteristics.
St. Supéry Estate's winemaker and vineyard team have a broad selection of soils and topography to choose from when selecting ideal vineyard sites at Dollarhide. Each parcel of vines is planted with fruit quality and distinct character in mind. These parcels are then farmed individually so that the vines will thrive in their unique locations. Our team is able to match the right soils with the optimum combination of rootstock, clone selection and cultivation practices. The diversity of terrain at Dollarhide results in a wide selection of fruit for our winemaker to work with when crafting St. Supéry's estate wines including our Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, estate blends and the Dollarhide Estate single vineyard designate wines.
Napa Valley's typical warm days and cool nights are slightly exaggerated at Dollarhide because of the elevation and the distance from the moderating influence of the San Francisco Bay. This climate yields ripe and luscious fruit with crisp acidity – well-balanced grapes that produce well-balanced wines. The dry growing season forces the vines to struggle just enough that the fruit develops concentrated and complex flavors.