The historic David Fulton Winery dates back to 1860 when its namesake, Vermont native David Fulton, built the first commercial stone wine cellar in St. Helena. On this same site, Mr. Fulton planted what has become the longest continuously owned and operated family run vineyard in Napa Valley. Situated on 14.47 +/- acres, this historic winery, vineyard, and homestead enjoys an idyllic location along a charming country lane, and expansive views across a sea of vineyards with the prominent silhouette of Mt. St. Helena and the Vaca mountains in the distance.
What David Fulton originally planted as a 5-acre Mission grape vineyard, evolved to become what is now almost 12 acres of coveted head trained old vine Petite Sirah and 125 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon. This romantic setting enjoys early morning fog, warm afternoons and cool night air of the northern Napa Valley as well as the rich igneous alluvial soil of the local St. Helena appellation. In recent years the bulk of the fruit grown here has been sold to Orin Swift, Hess Collection, and Charter Oak, although the estate generally reserves enough fruit to produce a limited offering of Petite Sirah, Sweet Petite (a port-style wine) and an estate Cabernet Sauvignon which are distributed primarily to Wine Club members, fine California restaurants, specialty wine shops, visitors of the winery, and other private collections. In an article describing the 94 point 2004 Petite Sirah, the International Wine Review declared it to come from one of the best Petite Sirah vineyards in the West.
The winery which was restored in approximately 2003 and permitted for annual production of 13,500 gallons, is tucked beneath three magnificent valley oaks (Quercus lobata). A replica of the old Fulton stone wine cellar is the lowest level of the three-story building that sits at the northwest edge of the family vineyard. To the west of the winery are two large sentinel palm trees, a restored tank house and David Fulton’s original 2 bedroom/1 bath historic farmhouse.