The Tench Vineyard sits off the Eastern Oakville bench located in the historic Camus Tract in the Napa Valley. The vineyard’s initial grapes were planted prior to Prohibition. John and Joan Tench purchased the fallow land in 1965. As history states, John’s Great Grandfather was the first breeder of Hereford cattle in England. John and Joan continued the family heritage and farming practices and started out using the property as pasture land for Hereford cattle. In 1971 nine acres were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and, over the years, additional acreage was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Of the total 60 acres, the farmed portion now amounts to 42 acres. Tench Vineyards is located in the Oakville AVA and the present owners are Brian and Adair Tench and family.
Tench Vineyards has a unique and special "terroir." On the eastern side the property consists of red rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock, which produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. Towards the western side of the vineyard, the soil is grayish loam clay on which both Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc have thrived. Quivet Cellars is privileged to source exceptional Sauvignon Blanc fruit from the western block replanted in 1998. These 13 year old vines produce a Sauvignon Blanc highlighted with a citrus zest and a fine grained volcanic minerality.
Over the years the grapes grown in the Tench Vineyards have been sold to numerous famous and prestigious wineries, often receiving high scores from well-known wine critics. The property is surrounded by well known vineyards and wineries in the famous Oakville AVA; directly bordering Screaming Eagle, Joseph Phelps Winery Backus Vineyard and Rudd. The Tench Vineyards share some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley.