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Exploring St. Helena’s historical roots with Beckstoffer Vineyards

Over one hundred and eighty years ago, the first vineyard was planted in St. Helena and became the birthplace of Napa Valley’s commercial wine industry. Today, Beckstoffer vineyards has some of the city’s largest vineyards sprouting grapes each year, ready to be made into some of Napa Valley’s delicious wines.

If you’re out exploring St. Helena Beckstoffer Vineyards are firmly rooted in the soil and Andy Beckstoffer plays a crucial role in the evolution of the wine grape industry. Today, wine grapes from Beckstoffer’s three St. Helena vineyards, Las Piedras, Dr. Crane, And Bourn are sold to multiple ultra-premium vintners. After more than 50 years of cultivating wine grapes, today Beckstoffer Vineyard’s farm more than 1,000 acres in the Napa Valley. Each vineyard practices sustainable farming designed to ensure optimal, modern growing conditions for grape varieties that are the foundation for exceptional wines. Explore the centuries that established the St. Helena appellation as a world-class destination, and that gives reason to celebrate our cultivating history all year long.

Las Piedras Vineyard

Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

On the west side of St. Helena, one of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed vineyards, Las Piedras was planted over 150 years ago and traces history back to the original Mexican land grants. General Vallejo gave European settler, Edward Bale, this property in St. Helena to call home as a wedding gift. Bale and his bride promptly planted the acreage to mission grapes. In 1983, Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the Napa Valley property and harvested multiple clones of cabernet sauvignon.

Dr. Crane Vineyard

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

On the west side of Highway 29 in Napa Valley, Dr. Crane vineyard was planted in 1858 by Napa pioneer Dr. George Belden Crane. The historic property is a registered vineyard in the historic vineyard society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s oldest vineyards. During the 1920s, the Chinatown of the city of St. Helena was established on-site. Beckstoffer Vineyards acquired the vineyard in 1997 and planted multiple clones of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, and cabernet franc. Stop by and take a photo of some of St. Helena’s most historic vines.

Bourn Vineyard

Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard

Just south of St. Helena on the west side of Highway 29 in Napa Valley, Bourn vineyard was first planted in 1872 by William Bowers Bourn II who is considered to be “the last bonanza king of the California gold rush” because of his ownership of the famous Empire gold mine in California. Today much of the original vineyard land remains in the care of his descendants. A portion of the vineyard was purchased by Beckstoffer vineyards in 2010 and planted old-growth petite syrah and various clones of cabernet sauvignon.