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The Wineries

A community of vintners

Art House Wines

John Bonick and Dona Kopol Bonick made their careers in the Napa Valley. Chicago natives, they came to San Francisco in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until a few years later that they moved to Napa and launched their passionate pursuits in photography (Dona) and painting (John). Along the way, John worked his way through the wine industry, from journalism to communications to marketing for Napa and Sonoma wineries. Dona created a photo business, Kopol Bonick Art & Photography, soon after coming to Napa, garnering accolades for her uniquely emotive images. With the creation of Art House Wines, they merged their artistic pursuits with their love of great wine.

“Our roots are firmly planted in the soils of the Carneros — that weird and wonderful region at the south end of the Napa Valley known for its cool air, bending winds and steady cycle of sun, moon and fog. This is a wine region like no other. Its unique climate offers the perfect space for creating intuitively expressive wines.”

Essere Napa

The ownership of Essere Napa had a dream – continue the tradition of making memorable, award-winning wine from a Napa legend and share those wines with friends and family! 

“Essere” is the Italian verb “To Be” and we can truly say that we have moved into the present. Our journey to Mia Carta is one of Friends, Family and Napa Legacy. Our founder is a long-term vineyard owner and when he decided to retire, he discussed it with a friend and club member – and he told his friends and the next chapter began: A group of wine-loving friends from Calgary decided to carry on the legacy of producing great wines from great grapes. 

Our wines are from Estate Vineyards in Oak Knoll, Yountville, and Coombsville AVA’s and we offer ultra-premium wines from sustainable vineyard practices to reflect the true essence of the Napa Valley microclimate and terroir. 

We believe in great wines, great friends, laughter and the Napa feeling of "Essere"!

Salute and Essere Sani! (to be healthy)

Ilsley Vineyards

With four generations of farming and over 100 years of history in the Napa Valley, there is no wine in Stags Leap that comes with more tradition than Ilsley Vineyards Wines.

Ernie and June Ilsley began the family legacy by accumulating 154 acres of idyllic farmland in the heart of Stags Leap, and by the mid-1960's the stage was set for success. Taking the reins from his father, Ed Ilsley and his wife, Sandy, spent the next 50 years planting vineyards and establishing farming practices that would become the standard for premium wine growing in the Napa Valley, selling their grapes to many of the top producers that are still famous today. In the year 2000, Ed and Sandy's children, Ernie, David and Janice realized the ultimate family dream in creating Ilsley Vineyards Wines. Two decades later, these siblings and their spouses, Ginette, Lorrie and Al, along with their children, continue the tradition of excellence in both viticulture and vinification. 

Ilsley Vineyards' estate wines are quintessentially Stags Leap, beautiful and balanced, leaning heavily on the terroir of their near-perfect vineyard source on the family's Downey Ranch. Crafted in partnership between the Ilsley Family and a team of winemakers who are masters of their craft, these wines are approachable, inviting, structured and authentically Ilsley from vineyard to bottle, allowing the wines to carry the family legacy into your cellar, and for generations to come.

RARECAT Wines

It was during a junior year abroad in France where Sharon Kazan Harris spent a year at the Université de Bordeaux. As a student she was taken under the wing of the wife of the University’s president, which is how she found herself, at age 20, being taken on a personal tour of Chateau Haut Brion, producer of one of the greatest wines in the world. The tour was led by the legendary Monsieur Delmas (Senior) himself, who kindly let her taste the renowned 1982 vintage out of the barrel, followed by the 1966. That moment changed her life and sealed her interest in wine and the Bordeaux region itself. Sharon applied and was accepted to the famous DUAD program (the Diplome Universitaire d’Aptitude a la Degustation des Vins) offered through the Universitié de Bordeaux’s Oenology department and graduated with honors.

Although Sharon was raised in California and lives in the Napa Valley, her love of wine is a shared experience of two viticulture worlds; Napa and Bordeaux. This connection is the personality of RARECAT Wines. Combining American sensibility and love of the land with a Bordeaux palate and winemaking education rooted in old world traditions. The blending of these two worlds has defined a RARECAT wine style based on elegance and balance. RARECAT Wines is built on the philosophy of a Joie de Vivre life. A joy of everything that connects people at the table over a glass of wine. Connecting to important things in life, and experiencing joy with the people you love, cherish, and want to meet! Sharon and her team create special experiences and opportunities through RARECAT programs such as RARECAT Professional, RARECAT trunk shows and the RARECAT Ambassadors program. Creating lifelong connections and artful living through wine, wine education, and charitable giving. That is the RARECAT promise.

RARECAT Wines is a Passion-Driven Winery.

Redmon Wines

Lisa Redmon has been living in the Napa Valley for nearly 50 years, but her adventures in the world of high-end wines began only 20 years ago. After graduating from the University of San Francisco and working in the Bay Area tech industry for several years, she returned to St. Helena and produced her first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1999 from grapes grown on a property that her father, an avid real estate investor, had purchased on a whim! Two decades later, Redmon Wines produces world class Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet that are carefully curated from grape to glass. 

Lisa knows what it’s like to come to the world of high-end wines as a beginner.  She grew up in a household where wine never once graced the table — and that is why she’s passionate about educating every customer who comes through the door to find the wines that they like best. Sharing her wines and history is her way to show the love she has for the place she was raised.  

Sciandri Family Vineyards

The Sciandri Family arrived in Napa in 1992, purchasing 20 acres of unplanted pasture, begging to be planted. So, it was not long before we planted our first Cabernet Sauvignon field and started our adventure in wine. Our family farms our vineyard in the Coombsville region of Napa. A quiet area, in the southeastern corner, tucked up against the foothills of the Vaca Mountain Range, just outside the historic town of Napa.

As growers, we were honored to provide fruit to several prestigious winemakers in the valley. After years of enjoying the fruits of our labor in the wines of others, we made the family decision to start our production, making 2006 the first vintage of Sciandri Family Vineyards wines.

Our ancestors have been making wine for generations, always aiming for a convergence of quality farming and thoughtful winemaking. We strive to bring that history to our wine and let it tell our family story of generational stewardship to the land.

Our portfolio consists of our Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, our Coombsville Cuveé, a Rosé, and a Sauvignon Blanc. We also are pleased to offer a special production of the estate field Blend "Nello", named in honor of Ron Sr.'s dad, who embodied our guiding philosophy of love for family, tradition and sustainable farming. 

Our hope is that our wine has a sense of place and will be used as a vehicle to bring together family and friends for years to come.

Limited to what mother nature provides us each year, our total production runs around 30 barrels.

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