Araujo – a Calistoga exception


This year Bart and Daphne Araujo will make their 20th vintage at the property they bought from Milt and Barbara Eisele in the far north eastern corner of the Napa Valley.

When they bought the 162-acre property in 1990 there were 35 acres (14 ha) of vines. The famous Eisele vineyard (pictured below, courtesy of the Araujo website) was originally planted to Zinfandel and Riesling in the 1880s, but was then planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964. The Araujos have since added another 2.5 acres and have worked on the clones, rootstocks and trellis systems with an array of consultants...