A stone's throw from the famed Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard, Kenefick Ranch is nestled on the Western slopes of the Palisades Mountain Range in North Napa Valley, where natural beauty abounds and inspiration prevails.
In 1978 Dr. Kenefick acquired 125-acre vineyard property at the foothills of the Palisades Mountains in Calistoga. This vineyard was head pruned, dry farmed, old Italian varietals and over the next 20 years these were replaced with Bordeaux varietals on vertical shoot positioning and drip irrigating for higher quality grapes.
A retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he is a product of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Mayo Clinic who, in 1969, ventured west and joined San Francisco Neurosurgical Medical Group. Shortly thereafter Dr. Kenefick fell in love with the Napa wine country and its products and began cultivating his new passion for wine growing. Over the years, he has been selling to a number of world class wineries in Napa Valley such as Shafer, Joseph Phelps, Quivet Cellars, Plumpjack and Pride Mountain Vineyards, among others.
This bench land beauty has the ability to ripen any varietal earlier than most parts of Napa Valley. The attention to detail in the vineyard is without compare. We are even known to fine tune our picks to the point of harvesting the sunny side of the vine weeks before the shaded. Quivet produces both Cabernet and Syrah from the premium block on the most Eastern slopes of the vineyard. Excellent drainage, rocky soils, warm Calistoga days and cool nights bless this site with rich, boastful grapes that fill our wines with stunning blue fruits yet compliment them with polished structure.