Standing high atop Howell Mountain at 2,200 feet above Napa Valley, it's easy to see the inspiration and adventurous spirit that is the essence of Outpost Wines.
Outpost was established in 1998 with the vision of producing wines that are a living, breathing embodiment of this magical place. Truly one of the world's great Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel growing regions, the unique terroir of the Outpost vineyards - the hard, rocky red soil, high altitude, gentle cooling breezes and sunny western exposure - produces fruit of incredible intensity and richness, with a distinctive spice you simply cannot find anywhere else.
Capturing the essence of the land's rugged terrain, Outpost creates world-class 100% varietal bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache from our own hand-cultivated, organically farmed 28 acre estate vineyard. The guiding principle of our wine-making program is to realize the full potential of this unique piece of land, to create a living history of vintages with immense character and true sense of place.
Sharing this philosophy and intrigued by the potential of the estate's magnificent vineyards, winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has crafted the wines from the beginning.
Under Thomas' expert guidance, Outpost grapes are harvested late in the season - by hand, at dawn - to preserve the full intensity and distinctive spicy character of the mountain fruit. The grapes are processed with as little manipulation as possible. Grapes from each block within the vineyard are fermented separately so that our winemaking team can be very selective about the lots that comprise the final blend. Wines are neither fined nor filtered allowing for the full expression of the vintages' potential.
At Outpost, we take our role as stewards of the land very seriously, employing sustainable farming practices at every stage of cultivation. The result is a higher quality fruit with expressive consistency over each vintage year. Remarkable wines with a sense of place, creating a growing legacy year after year, vintage after vintage. That's what we're working towards at Outpost. We invite you to discover our wines and share the journey!