Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Set high into a hilltop with panoramic views of Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay and its own estate vineyards, it's easy to see why Artesa is called the Jewel of Carneros.
Perhaps no other winery captures the multi-faceted beauty of this windswept, world-famous appellation as dramatically as the Artesa estate, where the fusion of architecture, artistry and winegrowing reaches soaring heights. Owned by the Raventos family of Spain, whose winemaking history dates to the mid-sixteenth century, the winery takes its name from the Catalan word for “handcrafted.” Today, Artesa focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots of the varietals for which the Carneros and the Napa Valley are best knwown – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Artesa released its first reserve Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines, its first two Merlots and two Cabernet Sauvignons in 2000. In 2002, Artesa's 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is named among Wine Spectator's top 30 wines in the world. Later in 2009, Mark Beringer is announced new Vice President of Production/Winemaker and Rich Richardson is announced new General Manager.
A fifth generation winemaker from Napa Valley, award-winning winemaker Mark Beringer is proud to continue a family tradition of making high quality wines in California's premier AVA's. As the great, great grandson of Beringer Winery co-founder, Jacob Beringer, Mark has always aspired to make his contribution to California winemaking. He grew up immersed in the wine industry and knew from a very young age that winemaking was his calling.
At 12, Mark went to work at his parent's local wine shop stocking shelves and dusting bottles. It was there that he quickly became versed in the complicated language of wine only to discover that all wines are not created equal. Yearning for more hands-on experience, Mark went on to learn the ins and outs of bottling, sanitation, barrel work and harvesting while working at his uncle's winery while attending Santa Rosa JC, and later at California State University, Fresno where he graduated in 1990 with a B.S. in Enology. After graduation Mark joined the winemaking team at Glen Ellen Winery and spent the next year and a half learning the logistical side of winemaking at a larger volume winery.
In 1992, Mark was recruited by Dan Duckhorn to join the Duckhorn winery team as an enologist and to provide support to Tom Rinaldi. Mark welcomed the opportunity to return to the type of artisanal winemaking he was so passionate about. When Duckhorn Wine Company decided to expand its portfolio beyond the Bordeaux varieties in 1994, Mark was chosen to head up the project to launch Paraduxx, a unique blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Goldeneye, the winery's Burgundy style wines from Anderson Valley.
In 1996, Mark was promoted to Vice President of Production and took on the tasks of managing a multi-brand, multi-facility company. In 1998, Mark was named Winemaker and in 2000, was promoted to Director of Winemaking. In 2005, The San Francisco Chronicle named Mark Winemaker of the Year for his work at Duckhorn Vineyards.
During Mark's tenure at Duckhorn Wine Company he garnered two Winery of the Year titles from Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, was named four times Regional Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine and won the #6 rated wine of the year in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2002 with the Duckhorn Vineyards 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2008, Mark founded Mark Beringer Consulting, working on a variety of projects within the wine industry before joining Artesa Vineyards and Winery as Vice President of Production and Winemaking in February, 2009.
Artesa Winery is a study in the harmony of natural and manmade spaces. Designed by renowned Barcelona architect Domingo Triay and built in the early 1990's, the avant-garde structure was conceived to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.
The naturally insulated winery is set into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate, with a protective covering of reserved earth and native grasses. A sweeping staircase set between twin cascades of water and fountains leads to the winery entrance. An expansive terrace offers 360 degree vistas of the surrounding countryside, and on clear days, a view of the San Francisco skyline.
With architecture that captures a series of Mediterranean themes, including water flowing along narrow channels, audible and silent fountains and the interplay of light and shade, Artesa is a reflection of the proud Spanish heritage upon which it was founded.
One step over Artesa's threshold and the visitor is enveloped in a light-filled, gallery-like interior. Modern and sophisticated with soaring columns, wide glass expanses and contemporary furniture groupings, the Visitor's Center provides a dramatic backdrop for the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media by our Artist in Residence, Gordon Huether that are exhibited throughout the building. The interplay of art and wine reaches its zenith in this setting as reflected light plays off the jewel-like tones of the elegant, hand-crafted wines that are served here.
Art and architecture are part of Artesa's heritage, and we are proud to continue that tradition with the work of our resident artist, Gordon Huether. Gordon has been exhibiting his work at our winery since 1992. In 1997, we invited him to be our Artist in Residence. Gordon creates work specifically for this winery that adds greatly to the enjoyment of our guests. Gordon, with his studio in Napa, creates large-scale glass and sculpture installations across the country in the public art realm and for private commissions. His work can be found in airports, hospitals, universities, libraries, corporate environments and private homes.
Here at Artesa, Gordon shows a more personal side of his art, creating works in a variety of media including glass, metal and canvas. Periodically he introduces new work at the winery so that the exhibit is always fresh and provocative, even for repeat visitors. Huether shares, "Creating art for exhibit at Artesa over the years has been an opportunity to experiment and explore my many diverse creative interests. The poetic balance of the beautifully crafted wine, extraordinary architecture and fine art truly makes Artesa an exceptional experience that I'm delighted to be a part of."
Central to our winemaking philosophy at Artesa is that "our roots are in Carneros, but our reach is long." Sure, our winery and estate vineyards are located in one of the best places on earth to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; but that doesn't mean we have to limit ourselves to making two wines. We have a multi-appellation strategy. We obtain grapes from the best appellations for growing each variety, and from some of the finest growers in California as well as our own estate vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties. And those vineyards and appellations give us wines with unique and distinctive styles.
Our Classic tier wines, crafted from grapes grown in some of the finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, represent the winery's signature style: rich, flavorful, and carefully blended. These wines with their pedigreed appellations and low production offer exceptional quality and value.
The Estate Reserve & Limited Release (Artisan) tiers represent the pinnacle of the winery's production: the finest wines hand selected from grapes grown in our estate vineyards. Planted over a decade ago, these meticulously farmed vineyards consistently produce low yields of intensely concentrated grapes. Hand-crafted in small lots, these distinct, artisanal wines are meant to cellar, serve and savor.
Elements is a portfolio of white and red wines that combine winemaking passion with the flavors and characteristics of multiple varietals grown in select vineyards across the prime wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Shaped first by nature, and then forged by the winemaker's blending choices, Elements wines are multi-faceted and complex, a testament to what can happen when many become one.
The Limited Release/Single Vineyard wines represent the ultimate expression of vineyard terroir. Produced in extremely small lots, they represent an opportunity for us to share with our customers a special selection of unique one-of-a-kind wines available only at the Visitor Center or thru Club Artesa.
Artesa Winery is an extraordinary setting for a private group experience: from our front terrace, a seemingly endless 180-degree view of the rolling hills of Carneros and shimmering San Pablo Bay. From our Vista Terrace, stunning views of Carneros, San Pablo Bay, and on a clear day, San Francisco. Surrounded by vineyards and pastoral countryside, Artesa feels as if it's in the heart of nowhere, yet our Southern Napa location is just an hour from San Francisco-much closer than most Napa wineries.
Hospitality is key at Artesa. We're eager to share our knowledge and love of wine with all who visit us. We host corporate receptions and dinners, educational tours, wine blending seminars, and guided tastings with our wine educator. Artesa partners with the wine country's finest caterers and suppliers, to ensure a customized experience to exceed the imagination. Whether your evening event is hosted in our Main Salon, Barrel Room, or on our expansive front lawn, the winery and our experienced event staff are devoted exclusively to your group. Our unique fusion of location, hospitality, and world-class wines creates an unparalleled event experience in Napa wine country.
Evening events begin with a sparkling wine greeting, and our guests receive exclusive use of our Salon and outdoor areas. Add to this your selection of fine wines, and a guided behind-the-scenes winery tour. To make the evening a true Napa wine experience, add one of our optional wine education events.