Pope Valley Winery
Take a left and find yourself transported back to a simpler time. As you turn off the Silverado trail away from the hustle and bustle of main stream Napa Valley you will see buildings dissipate and give way to undulating rows of vineyards dotted with farmhouses and the occasional family ranch. Once you get to Pope Valley Winery you will see the 100-year-old oak tree that welcomes you to the property and entrance to the historic cellar.
A Bit of History
The winery is like a living time capsule and a walk down the winding road of historic winemaking. In the early 1860’s, with dreams of striking it rich, Ed Haus emigrated from Switzerland with his three brothers to join in the California Gold Rush. In 1897, Ed founded The Burgundy Wine & Olive Factory, today the winery is now known as Pope Valley Winery. It took the Haus family 8 years to dig the cave and construct the winery that is still used today. The winery was constructed as a gravity flow winery built into the hillside and sits three stories high. The cellar itself is dug into the shale hillside and held up by century old hand-hewn redwood timbers. The timbers which were used in a neighboring mine during the Quick Silver boom were transported by Horse drawn carriage to construct the Pope Valley Winery. Through the years the winery has endured a colorful past with various family proprietors and a brief stint of bootlegging during prohibition.
A Historic Cave, a Stroll, and Amazing Varietals
A century later, long time Pope Valley & Napa natives the Eakle Family purchased the winery. While the winery’s roots go back to the before the 1800’s, the next generation of Eakle’s, brother & sister team David Eakle & Diana Eakle Hawkins take pride in bringing their award-winning wines into the twenty-first century while preserving the Winery’s authenticity and heritage.
Tour our historic cave and take in its unique craftsmanship while walking amongst the hand-hewn beams and tall shale walls. Don’t forget to take a peak in the century old blacksmith shop practically untouched and complete with tools of the trade. Continue to walk around the grounds taking in the craftsmanship of long ago with the original late 1800’s buildings all built straddling the quiet Haus creek. The original Farmhouse graces the north east side of the property complete with stone root cellar that was used to house goods during prohibition.
In the crisp winter weather bundle up and take a stroll among the crimson vines, or enjoy a lunch you bring along at one of our picnic tables surrounded by the natural beauty and quiet countryside, while sipping on amazing hard to find varietals, and the exciting new releases of the 2014 varietals as well as our new Label. New Year, New Look, but the same great Pope Valley taste and experience.
Though Pope Valley Winery is off the beaten path, this is the stop you won’t want to miss and well worth the extra drive. In a tasting room where you’re treated more like a friend than a customer you’ll enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget and taste wines you’ll dream about coming back to.