Dollarhide Ranch, Napa Valley

Napa Valley Vineyards
Dollarhide Estate Vineyard

St. Supéry Estate acquired Dollarhide ranch in 1982, a property that served as a cattle and horse ranch since the late 1800s. Dollarhide is a 1,500 acre property with steep and rolling hills, some flat lands and seven lakes. St. Supéry Estate has planted fewer than 500 acres in grape vines at Dollarhide, so most of the property remains in a natural state, and is home to a diverse collection of flora and fauna. With elevations ranging from 600 to 1,200 feet above sea level, the diverse terrain and unique microclimate at Dollarhide are especially accommodating to Bordeaux grape varieties – those traditionally grown in Bordeaux, France – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. This estate vineyard is the origin of most St. Supéry Estate wines and gives our wines distinct characters derived from the Dollarhide terroir.

Diversity at Dollarhide

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, the Élu and Virtú Bordeaux-style blends and the Dollarhide Estate single vineyard designate wines.

Dollarhide’s Microclimate

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.