In 1984, Chris and Naomi Thorpe purchased their 33 acre property on the Napa side of the Carneros wine region. After raising cattle for a few years, they decided to plant vines in 1989. The Thorpes initially planted Merlot and Chardonnay and sold their grapes to other wineries. Adastra is currently planted with several acres of Pinot Noir as well. Etude currently buys most of this fruit.
In 1995, the Thorpes made a tiny amount of their first wine. It turned out well, and in 1997 they kept a few of their Chardonnay and Merlot grapes to make a bit more wine. Production at this point was still extremely low, and Adastra did not sell any of this wine to the public.
Their first commercial release was 75 cases of 2002 Pinot Noir. It was aged in French oak for 15 months. This wine was extremely successful, and the only complaint was that they did not make more.
Chris and Naomi’s son-in-law, Edwin Richards, also works at the winery. They consult Pam Starr in the vineyard. The estate at Adastra is planted with about 20 acres of vines and is certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.