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The first steps of Sawyer Cellars

It all started in 1984 with simple visit to Napa Valley. From that first visit, the love affair with Napa Valley began for Charles Sawyer and his wife Joanne.  It was the beginning of many wonderful friendships and the start of a journey into the art of winemaking. The Sawyers attended the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 1985 and met many growers, vintners and winemakers and found them to be open, friendly, and helpful. In 1991, the first Sawyer Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was made – all 120 cases.
Charles and Joanne next set their sights on finding the ideal location for their fledgling wine project, and after an exhaustive search, that “perfect place” ended up being right in the heart of the Napa Valley in the famed Rutherford appellation right on Highway 29. In 1999, the 1930’s barn was converted into the winery and a foundation was built on which to grow.
In 2012, Charles sold the winery on Highway 29 and put down new roots in Napa. Still family-owned, a new chapter for Sawyer Cellars has begun, but the dedication and commitment to continue making world-class wines under the watchful eye of winemaker, Brad Warner, will always be present.
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Sawyer Cellars produces four very limited production wines from the Napa Valley appellation: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a red blend - Bradford Meritage, and Sauvignon Blanc. Veteran winemaker Brad Warner has handcrafted the wines of Sawyer Cellars since the very beginning. Purchase wine in our online shop or come visit us in Napa.

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