Napa Valley, California
Guided for more than 2 decades by renowned winegrowers and vintners, Pat and Anne Stotesbery, Ladera has earned a reputation for making some of Napa Valley's greatest mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignons. At the same time, Ladera has helped to champion a balanced expression of mountain winemaking, where smoothly structured tannins, excellent natural acidity and layered complexity add nuance and sophistication to the intensity of the mountain fruit. Made by gifted winemaker Jade Barrett, using grapes from the finest vineyards, Ladera's wines are recognized as benchmarks for their depth, elegance and ageing potential.
With deep agricultural roots on both sides of their family, and 2 decades of experience as ranchers, Pat and Anne acquired their 1st Napa Valley mountain vineyard in 1996, with the intention of growing grapes to sell. They selected their original vineyard on Mount Veeder with the help of 2 winemaking friends, and immediately began replanting from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon. Pat and Anne quickly fell under the spell of growing wine grapes, and the following year, they purchased their 2nd mountain vineyard, Lone Canyon - a decision that marked the beginning of their transition to being full-time winegrowers.
From growing grapes to working in the cellar, Pat and Anne found that they loved making wine and sharing the experience with their 4 children. Eager to fully embrace their new life, they moved their family to Napa Valley, and in 2000, they acquired a historic Howell Mountain property featuring an 82-acre vineyard. For the next 16 years, this property served as the home for Ladera, and the source for some of its most revered wines.