Video Series: Heitz Cellar and Its Sister Properties

Gaylon Lawrence Jr.'s Napa estates include Heitz Cellar, Burgess Cellars, Stony Hill, Ink Grade and more. Wine Spectator's James Molesworth gives us an insider's look

Video Series: Heitz Cellar and Its Sister Properties
Heitz' stone winery is a Napa landmark. (Courtesy of Heitz Cellar)
Oct 14, 2021

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth has been following the growing portfolio of Gaylon Lawrence Jr. since his family purchased Napa Cabernet icon Heitz Cellar in 2018. Lawrence added Napa's historic Wildwood and Haynes vineyards in 2019, and Burgess Cellars on Howell Mountain and Stony Hill on Spring Mountain in 2020. The Lawrence family has also launched two new wine brands in 2021, Ink Grade on Howell Mountain and Brendel in St. Helena.

In the Vineyard at Heitz Cellar

Winemaker Brittany Sherwood explains how the iconic Napa winery protects its Trailside Vineyard grapes from sun damage and dehydration during heat spikes. Read James Molesworth's full report.


In the Vineyard at Burgess Cellars

Winemaker Meghan Zobeck gives us a look at the ongoing vineyard upgrades at Burgess Cellars on Howell Mountain and explains the concept of "regenerative farming." Read the full report.


In the Vineyard at Ink Grade

Winemaker Matt Taylor invited senior editor James Molesworth for a look at Ink Grade's Cabernet vineyard on Howell Mountain.


In the Vineyard at Stony Hill

Decades ago, the historic Stony Hill winery built its name on flinty Chardonnay and bracing Riesling. Now the estate on Napa's Spring Mountain has new owners and a new winemaking team, including winemaker Jaimee Motley, who took us on a tour of the vineyard. Read the full report.


Follow James Molesworth on Instagram at @jmolesworth1, and on Twitter at @jmolesworth1.

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