Pritchard Hill Napa Valley
Pritchard Hill is one of the areas producing some of the most note-worthy wines from Napa Valley. It is a mountainous area sandwiched between the famous Stag’s Leap and the prominent Howell Mountain. Not many would be privy to Pritchard Hill but for those who have had the privilege to visit or those who were lucky enough to savor a glass of its Cabernet Sauvignon, it holds a special significance – it is home to some of the best wines being crafted in Napa valley. With it’s amazing fruit, Pritchard Hill is prestigious, sought after wines are born here, some would say the best. You can do a tour in Napa Valley and easily miss this gem of wine country. It is mysteriously absent from being recognized as its own AVA (American Viticutural Area) but is talked about like it is. Some wineries in the area feel an Napa Valley appellation recognition could diminish the brand. You should book ahead of time for there is a fan club ready to take your spot to enjoy a wine tasting.
Up the Vaca Mountains to elevations of 700 to almost 2000 feet, Pritchard Hill is dotted with incredible wineries making prolific wines. Veterans like Chappellet and David Arthur might be more familiar to Napa Valley wine lovers since they have been around for a few decades. But other have claimed their coveted spots and they keep wine tour regulars coming back. Colgin Cellars, Bryant Family, Ovid, Continuum Estate, and Brand have joined the cult ranks and have lured some of the most sought after winemakers to sniff the area. Phillippe Melka joined as winemaker at Gandona Estates and Brand.
On your next trip to Napa Valley, ask your guide to take you up Pritchard Hill. What you will find there just might fit your fancy, the chances are very high. Raise your glass high on your next Napa Valley wine tour on Pritchard Hill.