Founded in 1991, the first release consisted of 500 cases of Zinfandel, and 100 cases of Petite Syrah from the estate vineyard in the Larkmead District.

In a long and varied wine career, Dennis Fife was a past president of Inglenook Napa Valley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Beaulieu Vineyards, and held the title of consigliari at Stags' Leap Winery - all legendary estates in California wine history. He is also co-founder and past President of Napa Valley Kitchens, a rapidly growing specialty food producer and marketer. In 1991, he realized a longtime dream and launched Fife Vineyards.

Fife Vineyards specializes in red wines. Varietals include: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Charbono and Syrah. Fife Vineyards also makes a Reserve Cabernet from Spring Mountain, as well as MAX, the acclaimed proprietary blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Charbono, and Zinfandel.

Fife Vineyards owns vineyard land in the historic Larkmead district of Napa Vallery (about halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga), as well as in the stunning Redwood Valley of Mendocino. Fife "Redhead" Zinfandel and "Redhead" Petite Syrah both come from the brick-red soils of the Ricetti Bench, 1200 feet above the valley floor, in Redwood Valley. In addition, grapes are acquired through long term contracts with growers in both Napa and in Mendocino. Finaly, the family's home property on Spring Mountain (2000 ft above sea level) is in vineyard development.

Dennis sees the craft of winemaking as a collaborative, team project of which he is the director. The other members of the team include: John Buechsenstein, veteran winemaker and original Rhone Ranger, Karen MacNeil Fife, noted food and wine writer and palate extraordinaire, Eric Murray, with extensive experience in wine sales and marketing, as well as production, and the expert staff headed by Jack Ryno at Napa Wine Company, the custom facility used for the Fife Napa Valley wines. The winemaking philosophy is simple: seek out grapes with personality and distinction, handle them minimally, then focus on blending to bring out nuance and character in the wine.

Fife Vineyards / 3620 Road B / Redwood Valley, CA 95470 / (707) 944-1710

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