Chateau Woltner is a historic winery located on the Howell Mountain AVA. In 1877, Adolphe Brun and Jean Chaix planted 20 acres of Bordeaux varietals on the property. At the time, very few vineyards were grown in the hills above the Napa Valley Floor.
Brun and Chaix completed their stone winery in 1886 and called in Howell Mountain Winery. These two men were very successful vintners in the late 19th century. At its peak, their winery produced approximately 150,000 gallons a year.
Pat and Anne Stotesbery bought the property several years ago and renamed it Chateau Woltner. They have made substantial investments in renovating the property. Chateau Woltner currently make a Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a Chardonnay that was sourced from the Russian River Valley AVA.
Winemaker Karen Culler has a Masters Degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. She previously worked for Robert Mondavi and Vichon. Gabriel Reyes brings over 20 years of experience to his job as vineyard manager. Because of its excellent prices and high quality, Chateau Woltner is definitely a winery worth seeking out.