Why You Need to Visit La Jota Vineyard at Least Once

Couple with wine | visit La Jota VineyardsDid you know that Napa Valley, CA, is home to more than 400 wineries? There are many spectacular wineries that we highly recommend for our guests, one of which is La Jota Vineyards in nearby Angwin. For over 100 years, this historic winery has produced delectable red wines that are well-worth all of the future cravings. Read on to learn more about the history of this fascinating local winery and which selections you absolutely must try during your visit.

With so many to choose from, deciding which ones to visit during your next Napa Valley getaway can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why our friendly staff at Churchill Manor, a historic Napa bed and breakfast, is always more than happy to help you find the wineries that perfectly meet your specific tastes.

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History of La Jota Vineyard

In 1898, an immigrant from Switzerland by the name of Frederick Hess purchased 327-acres of land on Howell Mountain with the intention of building a winery. The main building was constructed using volcanic ash rock found on the property, and Hess’ first fermentation barrels came from a stand of nearby coastal redwoods.

When the Prohibition hit, La Jota and many other of Hess’ vineyards fell victim to the collapse of wine production, and the vineyard was left empty for half a century.

Finally, in 1974, former oilman Bill Smith purchased the “ghost” winery and re-purposed it into the La Jota Vineyard Co. that we know and love today. The winery continues to carry on the century-old La Jota winemaking tradition and produces delicious wines crafted from the grapes that are grown right on-site.

Mouthwatering La Jota Wine Selections

While La Jota only produces four varieties of red wine, you can be assured that the small selection size only means the winemakers can spend more time giving each individual wine the attention that it deserves.

Here is a quick look at their wines and what makes each one so incredibly irresistible.

  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon: This mid-palate weight wine boasts an earthy tannic structure with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, toast, and Petit Verdot.
  • La Jota Merlot: The 2015 Merlot encompasses all that is mountain Merlot with a structure to relish. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and toast follow ripe blackberry, minerality, and weight on the palate.
  • 2015 Cabernet Franc: The wine has an approachable minerality followed by herbal aromatics. You’ll also be sure to notice notes of anise, blackberry, and black tea that are carried by an impressive mouthfeel and long drawn out finish.
  • La Jota W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot: This wine, made to honor Howell Mountain vineyard pioneer W.S. Keyes, comes from some of the most highly prized Merlot vineyard land in the country. It shows richly-textured notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, espresso bean and kirsch that capture the classic La Jota combination of intense fruit and mineral complexity.

Don’t Forget About These Local Wineries and Vineyards

Judd’s Hill Winery

Judd’s Hill Winery is a family-owned business that has been around since the 1970s! Much like La Jota, they are a small production winery that crafts only 3,000 cases per year. However, this leaves room for them to create high-quality, fruit-driven varietals that linger on the palate, are food-friendly, and certified Napa Valley Green.

Barnett Vineyards

The unique tasting experience at Barnett Vineyards offers an in-depth look into the terroir, the discussion of the history of the vineyard, and their winemaking techniques. Plus, you will also receive a sampling of their newest release!

Experience Only the Best of Napa Valley During Your Stay at Churchill Manor

Located in Downtown Napa Valley, our historic mansion turned bed and breakfast is a favorite among couples for romantic getaways into one of California’s most beautiful regions. Our elegant and hospitable setting sets the stage for a relaxing getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come. What’s even better? You’ll enjoy a convenient location just minutes from some of the area’s top tasting rooms, restaurants, and wineries.

Inside the Howell Mountain Room at Churchill ManorAfter a full day of Napa Valley adventures, you’ll be invited to come back and indulge in some well-deserved relaxation in one of our opulent accommodations, like our Howell Mountain Room. Each of our guest rooms perfectly combines old-world craftsmanship with modern amenities that will make your stay with us comfortable and memorable.

When you awake in the morning, join us in our frescoed sunroom expansive veranda for a delicious three-course breakfast that will fuel you for another day of fun in the Napa Valley.

We look forward to hosting you in our beloved destination soon. Check our availability and book your next escape today!