Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Tom Burgess purchased the winery in 1972 and he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. Today, the second generation is building on Tom’s legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fined-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes.
The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality. At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, wine is produced from two hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. The hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.