Anaba’s name originates from cool, upward-flowing anabatic winds that soar and swirl through the sustainably-farmed Carneros Estate vineyards.
In 2009, Anaba Wines became the first winery in Northern California to utilize wind power. Like most wine journeys, this one began many years ago. A native of Chicago, John Sweazey headed west to Stanford University for college, where he earned a degree in economics. While at Stanford, John and his Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers decided one year to extend the annual “Big Game Weekend” between Stanford and Cal, and headed north to Napa Valley for a fraternity party at the iconic El Bonita Motel in St. Helena. With the sun setting over the Mayacamas Mountains, John offered a toast with a memorable glass of Charles Krug Vin Rosé — and his journey to the world of wine officially began.
“The winds of Sonoma lent us our name. Be it a steady breeze or a firm gust, an anabatic wind is one that blows up the hills of a vineyard during calm and sunny weather.” –John Sweazey, Proprietor