In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the "little jewels" that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine wines.
He also purchased a winery. Originally established by Jean Laurent, the Markham winery has that dates back to 1879. As one of the founders of Napa winemaking and viticulture, Markham Vineyards takes great pride in its legacy of exceptional mountains and magnificent vineyards, Markham's winery has the distinction of being the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa County.
Today, Markham Vineyards owns 350 acres of vineyards strategically located in several of Napa Valley's best growing regions. From its Calistoga vineyards in the north to Oak Knoll in the south, Markham has the luxury of hand-selecting grapes from several diverse microclimates to achieve its balanced and rich wines. Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls sums up the benefits offered by this extraordinary palette of vineyards: "The expressions of terroir from each unique location create a greater whole; each vineyard complements and elevates the next. The result is endless blending options to weave together the rich fruit flavors, elegant acid structure, broad texture and velvety tannins we want in our wines."
Stylistically, the winery and Visitor Center combine both historic and modern elements, with its old stone and concrete façade, and its subdued red metal roofing supported by round wooden columns. Lily ponds filled with beautiful Koi flank the approach to the Visitor Center. The Tasting Room has an atrium with a large fireplace that warms the huge space on cold days. The Visitor Center is also home to the Markham Gallery which currently features iconic rock and roll photos from the 60’s and 70’s by Rolling Stone’s first chief photographer, Baron Wolman.
Tasting Room and Gallery Hours
11- 5 Daily (Nov-April)
10:30-5:30 Daily (May-Oct)
2812 Saint Helena Highway North
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5292 ext 38