Accendo vertical – 2013–2022

The Araujo family – Bart, Daphne, Ryan and Jamie

Can Napa Sauvignon Blanc age? In the hands of the Araujos and Françoise Peschon, the answer is yes. Bart, Daphne, Greg and Jaime Araujo are pictured above.

Accendo is the 10-year-old project of the renowned Araujo family. For over two decades, this family was intimately tied to the rise of the Eisele Vineyard – a vineyard with a history stretching back to the 1880s that produced one of the state’s first single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons in 1971 when it was bottled by Ridge Vineyards. (Elaine Chukan Brown covers this history in more detail here.)  

The Araujos, who bought Eisele...