winery was founded in 1979 to produce the Burgundian varietals, Chardonnay and
Pinot Noir in the Carneros district in the southern part of the Napa Valley.
In 1986 Acacia became a part of the Chalone Wine Group and continued Our 50 acre
Marina Estate Vineyard and the winery are located in the Carneros district of
southern Napa Valley overlooking San Pablo Bay. The bay's cool breezes create
a distinct cool climate, allowing the slow maturation of fruit which gives its
good color, full flavors and great fruit character.
Our philosophy of production combines modern technology with traditional Burgundian
winemaking techniques, characterized by small lot fermentation and extensive use
of new French oak barrels for aging. All of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit
comes from mature vines in the Carneros area, most of it from within 2 or 3 miles
of the winery. We work with all of our growers to promote the best possible fruit
from their vineyards. Each vineyard produces a distinctively different wine through
a combination of factors: clonal selection, farming practices, soil composition
and drainage, site in relation to the sun, trellising, micro-climate, etc.
Most of our growers have been with us since our first crush in 1979. Larry Brooks,
the winemaker, also started in the beginning. This has given us a continuity of
vineyards and consistency of style that is the hallmark of Acacia wines. Wines
express the nature of the area and there are three that always deliver the concentration
and distinction we look for regardless of the vintage: the Marina Chardonnay,
and the St. Clair and Iund Pinot Noir vineyard designated wines. This is consistent
with the Burgundian practice of bottling individual vineyards to capture the subtle
differences among them.
Acacia Winery / 2750 Las Amigas Road / Napa CA 94559 / 707-226-9991 test