Napa’s Ultimate Throwback

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir house El Molino thrives in Napa Cabernet country

Napa’s Ultimate Throwback
For Lily Berlin, El Molino is about honoring family and tradition—and doing things right. (Liza Gershman)
From the Sep 30, 2022, issue

In the heart of Napa Valley, ground zero for $300 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, spa resorts and world-class restaurants, lies El Molino’s 68-acre vineyard. Nearby, a modest combination of family home and winery sits a few miles north of St. Helena, just off Highway 29. It’s the site of one of the first wineries in Napa, dating to 1871. It’s a charming home, a multi-generational, family-owned winery—and it’s also a bit of a time capsule. El Molino wines—Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—have been made the exact same way, with the same equipment, since its resurrection with the 1987 vintage. Get the full story, plus a deep dive into the vineyard's history. 

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