Paloma Vineyard was founded by Texas natives Barbra and Jim Richards. After visiting Napa many times, they established their vineyard after retiring. In 1983, their friend, Dan Duckhorn informed the couple of a Spring Mountain property for sale.
The site produced wine late in the 19th century, but was abandoned after the enactment of Prohibition. In the subsequent century, a dense deciduous forest had grown on the property. There are still remnants of the original vineyard; including a century old Zinfandel vine that still produces fruit.
Sunny days and cool nights allow for a long growing season, and thus more hang-time for grape clusters. Located over 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley Floor, the eastern facing slope is perfect for producing Bordeaux varietals.