Our Story

601 Cellars began as a dream, was fueled by a passion and ultimately became a reality for us when we stumbled upon an opportunity to acquire a modest allotment of grapes in 2015.

As avid lifestyle travelers, foodies and wine lovers, we were planning our itinerary for a trip to Tuscany in June 2001.  Upon our arrival in Florence, enamored by the romance of the city, we snuck off and eloped.  Enjoying the rest of our vacation as new husband and wife, we fell in love with the warm embrace of the countryside, the comfort of the food and the passionate spirit of the people.  We explored and savored the regional wines, particularly the various expressions of Sangiovese. One evening after a sumptuous meal overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, we made another commitment; This was the ultimate life, and one we wanted to share.

Over many years commuting from East to the Bay area, we purchased a second home in Napa Valley.  After long weeks on the road, we always seemed to be able to detach and relax when we came back to the Valley.   Its’ small-town charm, simple pleasures and the welcoming arms of its people inspired us to leave our hectic lives back east behind and settle in Napa full time.

Immersing ourselves in the California wine culture, we discovered all the hidden nuances of the California AVA’s.  We became intrigued with the evocativeness of the diverse terroirs and voluptuous fruit the California soils produced, especially the “off the grid” varietals we savored in Italy, Spain and Argentina.  Soon, we began discovering some of Californias’ best Grenache, Barbera, Tempranillo and various expressions of Sangiovese.

Then it happened.  In 2015, we made our first investment in a gorgeous lot of Sangiovese fruit from Bennett Lane in Napa Valley.  Not sure where things would end up, we immersed ourselves in the process, from picking the grapes, working harvest, rotating punch downs, testing samples, topping barrels and conducting blending trials.   It turned out, although 2015 produced limited yields, the fruit was spectacular and honest to the commitment we made on our honeymoon in Italy on June 2001 (6/01), 601 Cellars was born.

601 Cellars is inspired by the allure of boutique, old-world European style California wines which leverage new world winemaking techniques.  The small production wines are aged with a balanced process using French and neutral oak barrels.  With personal dedication put into each bottle, we strive to foster the richness of California fruit yet still showcase the unique heritage of each hand-selected varietal.

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