Domaine Georg Rafael, located in California's Napa Valley, is focused on the production of single vineyard, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Our region of the Napa Valley, the Oak Knoll District, provides world-class growing conditions for these two fine varietals and it is our goal to craft exceptional, vibrant and sophisticated wines that decidedly speak of place and enjoy a long distinguished life.
Each grape is sourced from our vineyard, nestled in a distinct and remarkable setting in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the southwestern part of the Napa Valley. Our story originated with the purchase of this land in 1984, where from the outset we began as grape growers for other Napa wineries. As the demand for our grapes intensified, we quickly realized the potential of our vineyard and the first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon under our Domaine Georg Rafael name was released in 1996.
The initial years of Domaine Georg Rafael were small productions, and even today we bottle only 1500 cases per vintage - all the while continuing to provide a significant share of our grapes to highly reputed Napa wineries.
Both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chardonnay are 100% varietally true, with no blend, and are inspired by the elegant, more restrained approach to winemaking found in the Old World. The highest quality French oak barrels are judiciously used to integrate and build complexity during the development of the wines. The vineyard's cooler climate allows for slow ripening and excellent integration of acid, sugar and tannins that reveal a brightness and freshness to the fruit, unique to our setting. This in turn creates powerful, graceful wines that are well-balanced, display exquisite depth and purity, and can age beautifully.
Current Releases:2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Chardonnay