Each vintage since our 2007 'Inaugural' demonstrates the unique character of the site - the mountain setting at 1500 feet and the volcanic soils on the side of Mt. St. Helena. All of our wine is made at the state-of-the-art facility at Vineyard 29 under the watchful eye of our winemaker Keith Emerson. Keith continues to build his acclaim with such labels as Vineyard 29, Robert Craig, Gundlach Bundschu, and, of course, his own labels Emerson Brown and Sonria.
Our current release, the 2012 Ava Grace, is the inaugural release of a new offering from Knighton Family Vineyards. At the hands of our winemaker Keith Emerson we set out to create a wine that could be enjoyed immediately upon release (“a friendlier, more approachable” wine according to aficionados), yet, maintain the same overall quality of the Knighton Family Vineyards brand.
So why Ava Grace? For the last few years we had been working on a “more approachable” wine to sit alongside our Reserve label. The name became quite obvious when our first granddaughter was born. All births are remarkable but few as remarkable as the story of Ava Grace. Due to complications Ava Grace was born on April 28th, 2014 - 4 months premature at just 23 weeks and five days. Weighing in at just 1 lb. 3 ounces and only 11 inches she was in for a long battle. Thankfully, after a 96 day stay in the NICU, she was discharged from the hospital on August 1st, 2014 three weeks before her actual due date. She is now a completely healthy, yet, rambunctious beautiful little girl. Words cannot express how grateful we are for this, so in honor of her fight the Ava Grace label was born.
As too small a tribute to those that provide support to premature birth and the challenges that come with it, we will be making a donation to the March of Dimes for every bottle of Ava Grace sold. It is the very least we can do to show our appreciation to a group that raises awareness and support of babies like Ava.
Our goal is produce nothing but the finest wine the vineyards can produce. Quality is our utmost concern - not quantity. We determine our offering inventory totally dependent upon the quality we can achieve but don't plan more than 150 cases in the foreseeable future. Our first priority is to reserve wine for those loyal customers that have purchased it in the past and members of our wine mailing list. Due to the limited amount of wine we reserve the ability to limit the amount any one customer can purchase.