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We are committed to producing the highest quality estate wines, without compromise. Through our commitment to sustainable winery and farming operations, we are protecting our land and environment for future generations and we are proud to be certified Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery.

#MyWineMyGarden tells the St. Supéry story from the soil to the vine to the winery experience. Whether it be one of our single vineyard estate wines or fruit grown in our orchard or culinary garden, we are stewards of the land combining French château tradition with Napa Valley terroir.

We hope you enjoy our useful gardening tips, exploring new farm-to-table recipes and learning more about our sustainable practices. Share your tips, recipes and images with us by using #MyWineMyGarden.

Gardening Tips from St. Supéry’s Estate Horticulturist

colorful tomatoes on the vine
Tomato Planting Tip

Dig a hole deep enough to bury 60-70% of the plant. Throw in a handful of oyster shells, egg shells or organic fertilizer and mix with a bit of soil in the bottom of the hole. Place plant in the hole and cover the stem up to the plant’s leaves. You can even cover the first few sets of leaves with soil. Roots will grow along the buried stem to make the plant stronger. Ensure that a full ⅔ of the plant is underground!

At St. Supéry we have planted over 17 different varieties of tomatoes!

Vegetable garden seen from above, with small seedlings of lettuce, parsley, and basil.
Companion Planting

Planting for summer and fall vegetables is upon us! When planning your garden, incorporating companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden. Some plants replenish nutrients lost by another one and some combinations effectively keep pests away.

Basil works well near most garden crops except for rue. It improves the flavor and growth of your vegetables, especially tomatoes and lettuce. Basil also works well near areas where you entertain outdoors; not only does it smell like summer, it repels mosquitoes!

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The Magic of Egg Shells

Use dried egg shells from your morning breakfast around the garden. Roughly crunch them up and sprinkle around your plants. Three benefits: they are calcium rich as a natural fertilizer, earthworms love them and slugs won’t cross the crunchy barrier!

 

Coffee brewing with brew basket and brewing cycle
Coffee Grounds

Soil loves morning coffee, too! By amending your gardening soil with leftover coffee grounds, nitrogen levels increase. The grounds themselves do not directly change nitrogen levels immediately; instead they aerate the soil and increase water retention, thereby helping microorganisms thrive which in turn boost nitrogen levels.

And for the cold black coffee left in the bottom of your cup, toss it on a cymbidium as you pass – they love coffee and produce showier flower spikes!

Verbena attracts butterflies and comes in a variety of bright colors
Verbena

Not just an edible flower, Verbena is also a butterfly magnet giving new meaning to the words “summer color,” since most selections bloom for months. The flowers come in a variety of bright colors with a neutral flavor profile that pops color onto any plate.

 

Closeup of growing basil
Keeping Fresh Cut Basil

Trim the stems of the bail plant and place them in a glass or jar of water, just like cut flowers. Loosely cover them with a plastic bag and leave it on the counter. This will keep your fresh cut basil for days.

Saturated reddish orange marigolds and green leaves
Marigolds

Easily grown, Marigolds provide vibrant color while protecting beans, melons, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from beetles as well as eggplant and tomatoes from nematodes. The petals contribute beautifully when scattered like confetti across summer salads or your favorite meal.

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Dill

Dill leaves serve as a feathery haven for ladybugs and their larvae. Dill is especially attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators because the flower’s shape makes it very easy for the insects to access the nectar and pollen. The flowers have a light dill flavor, and they retain their shape and color quite well when added to jars of cucumber pickles. They also make a pretty garnish in a drink or on a plate.

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums protect cabbage family plants (cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower) from aphids, bugs and beetles. They also protect beans from beetles and celery and cucumbers from aphids. Additionally, nasturtiums help cucumber and radish plants’ growth and flavor. The bright blossoms give a peppery pick-me-up to any plate.

 

Blue star flower blossom closeup
Borage

A workhorse of any garden, the Borage easily reseeds. The flowers helps strawberries resist pests and grow stronger. It also protects tomatoes against tomato worms and boosts tomato plants’ growth and fruit flavor. Considered a medicinal herb as well as a flower, its blue cup-shaped flowers add whimsical interest as a garnish on any plate.

Farm-to-Table Recipes by St. Supéry’s Estate Chef

Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg and Pancetta

Wine Pairing: Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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Fava Bean Hummus

Wine Pairing: Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

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Roasted Tomatillo Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab

Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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Strawberry and Chevre Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Estate Rosé

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Blistered Padron Peppers

Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Estate Moscato

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Beet Risotto

Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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Fried Chevre Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Estate Virtúc

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Braised Pearl Onions- Two Ways

Wine Pairing: Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Wine Pairing: Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Malbec

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Vegetable and Wine Pairings

Flower and bottle of 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Squash Blossoms and Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

These two make quite a good pair with the flavors of the squash blossom enhancing the bright flavors of this Sauvignon Blanc.

Carrots and 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Carrots and Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

Roasted carrots seasoned with a bit of curry and citrus are delicious with Chardonnay. Sweet and delicate, yet rich and full-flavored.

Strawberry and St. Supéry 2016 Napa Valley Rosé
Strawberries and Napa Valley Estate Rosé

The tart and sweet flavor of strawberries are a great match for the fruit driven juiciness of our Napa Valley Estate Rosé.

St. Supéry’s Environmental Stewardship in Practice

Chardonnay vine at Dollarhide during bud break

Bud break occurred in mid March at both Dollarhide and Rutherford Estate Vineyards. This is a picture of a Chardonnay vine at Dollarhide.

Fruit Trees Blooming at St. Supéry

We have over 1200 heirloom fruit trees planted with 190 different varieties including 87 peach, 34 nectarine and 16 Pluot at our Dollarhide Ranch.

Butterfly in St. Supéry Vineyard

A mixture of cover crops including oats, bell beans, peas, clover and vetch were planted in the winter months to reduce erosion, add organic matter and nitrogen to the soil in the spring and attract beneficial insects like this Swallotail butterfly.

Washing solar panels

We have saved over 15,412 trees or 614 tons of CO2 or 69,376 gallons of gas since the installation of our rooftop solar panels in 2015.

Canadian Geese at St. Supéry

Canada Geese at Dollarhide Ranch. With such a large number of native birds at the Ranch, the Audubon Society visits the property each year as part of its annual bird census.

Saturated reddish orange marigolds and green leaves

We plant wildflowers every tenth row in the vineyard to attract beneficial insects like aphid-predatory ladybugs and bees to aid in our Integrated Pest Management.

Closeup of white roses with blue sky in the background

Roses are in full bloom across the estate.

strawberry on the vine

Some strawberry love from our culinary garden.

Close-up photo of beneficials at work

Beneficial insects hard at work.

Small leaf in hand

A small Cabernet Sauvignon leaf.

Hand holding worms in compost

Worms at our Rutherford Vermicompost.

Edible plants

We have 132 varities of edible foods on property.

Our vines and our flowers enjoying the sunlight

Our vines and our flowers are enjoying the beautifully sunny days.

Crate of artichokes

Artichokes are ready… try them grilled with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. So delicious!

Tomato plants on Rutherford Estate

We have 17 different varieties of tomatoes planted on our Rutherford Estate.