A small family owned and operated vineyard and winery. When founder Fred Oliai first laid eyes on the 90+ acre ALTA vineyard in 2008, he instantly recognized the magic and the amazing potential of the site.
There’s a deep respect for the land at ALTA vineyard, tilling the soil as little as possible and restricting the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Intense hand farming, gentle fermentation and old world cellar practices all combine to yield exceptional results. ALTA barreled its first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009 and sold a very limited amount of its debut wine when it was released in the fall of 2011.
Since then, vineyard locations that best suit the varietal have been sought after. All of the wines are sourced from single vineyards. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from the Heitz Vineyard in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from the Ballentine Vineyard in St. Helena. The latest addition to the ALTA portfolio is Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine are sourced from a truly exceptional property in the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley. Roughly four miles east of the famed Martinelli Winery off of Occidential Road in Santa Rosa is Jim and Cindy Moore’s boutique Pinot Noir Vineyard.
The farming and wine making philosophy is simple: The best fruit makes the best wine. From farming methods that sustain the rich and bio-diverse ecosystem of the ALTA Vineyard to the organically farmed Heitz Vineyard with its hillside sandy soils of the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley, the most important part of winemaking happens in the vineyard. Hand picking and gentle fermentation techniques are essential to creating the outstanding, artisan wines ALTA is known for. All of the white wines are barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second year French Oak barrels. The red wine are aged in a mixture of new and second year French Oak barrels.