Jeffrey Popick, Owsley Brown III, and Rick Stetler founded Chameleon Cellars in 1995. They originally made only Sangiovese and Barbera, but have since begun producing Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Charbono, Carignane, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The label is based out of the St Helena AVA in the Northern Napa Valley. Chameleon’s wines are made in an approachable style and are very good values. These wines drink well young and do not need a lot of age. Between 2,500 and 3,000 cases are made each year.
All of the winery’s grapes are sourced from quality vineyards in the Napa Valley and a handful of other California regions. The Barbera is purchased from Oleta Vineyards in the Sierra Foothill’s Fiddletown AVA.
Between 1996 and 1998, the Sangiovese was purchased from Volkhardt Vineyards just over the Napa border in Solano County. Beginning in 1999, Chameleon began buying Sangiovese from Piccolo Vineyards in the Atlas Peak AVA.