Wineries & Stories
For those who have traveled to wine country and experienced wine tasting among the vines, it is truly magical. Immersion into the world of wine is exactly what the team at Brasswood Estate strives to offer through multiple memorable experiences on their property. Not just a winery producing premium fine wines, Brasswood Estate invites wine lovers to share and experience their passion for the Napa Valley lifestyle.
Founded in 1997 by Nancy Nies and George Bravante, Bravante Vineyards maintains a “quality over quantity” approach in order to preserve the integrity of the land. Bravante Vineyards is committed to bottling perfectly balanced wines that offer true expressions of all that Howell Mountain fruit has to offer.
C. Donatiello Winery
After many years in New York on the sales marketing side of wine and spirits, and one too many frustrations about how great vineyards were being homogenized by big corporations, Chris headed west to make great wines with character. Having worked with many well-known luxury brands and some of the top restaurants in the world, Chris was eager to combine his business expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and love of wine.
Before founding Cafaro Cellars in 1986, Joe Cafaro enjoyed an impressive winemaking history which included Chappellet, Keenan, Acacia, Robert Sinskey, and Dalla Valle wineries. Since 1985 he has also been a consultant to several small Napa Valley wineries. Now he tends his own wine.
David and Aran met while studying for the certified exam of the Court of Master Sommeliers. During this serendipitous meeting, the two discovered they share a passionate affection for Rhone wines. After becoming quick friends it was a clear a wine business was in their future, a wine business that would evolve out of their shared core principles; love, passion, dedication and purpose.