Like most of the small wineries in the Diamond Mountain AVA, Dyer Vineyard is renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon production. Bill and Dawnine Dyer own a 12 acre property that is planted with a little over 2 acres of vines. They make 250 cases of Cab a year.
Both Bill and Dawnine worked in the wine industry for many years before starting their own winery. They originally moved to Napa Valley in 1974 from their previous home in Santa Cruz.
Bill worked at Sterling Vineyards from 1976 to 1996. From 1985 on, he was the head winemaker. After leaving Sterling, he started a brisk consulting business and has assisted with production at several prestigious wineries. These include Frogs’ Leap Winery in the Rutherford AVA and Miramar Torres Estate in the Russian River Valley AVA.
Dawnine has considerable experience in the industry as well. Before founding Dyer Vineyard, she made wines at Domaine Chandon for over 25 years. She still consults at Domaine Chandon and is also the Vice President of the Napa Valley Vintner’s Association.