In 1985, Geoff Gorsuch established Goosecross Cellars in Napa Valley. For over a decade, his parents Patt and Rey had been selling Chardonnay from their 10 acre estate to other wineries. Goosecross’s first wine, an estate Chardonnay, was released in 1986. The Production facilities were completed in 1988. David Topper became a partner in the winery in 1993. Gorsuch manages the vineyard and makes the wine, while Topper takes care of the business end of things.
In 1994, Goosecross opened their tasting room off of the Yountville Crossroad. Over the next several years, the winery only made white wine. In 1997, Gorsuch and Topper bought Bernard Pradel Cellars and began pursuing red winemaking. This acquisition included a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on Howell Mountain.
Goosecross has the longest track record with Chardonnay. In 1992, Geoff Gorsuch began making a restrained Napa Valley Chardonnay long before this style was popular in America. He has since replanted the original estate with Bordeaux varietals, and now sources Chardonnay from Carneros.