Video Series: In the Vineyard at MacDonald

The historic MacDonald Vineyards property has long been a favored Cabernet source for Robert Mondavi Winery's To Kalon bottlings. Today, brothers Alex and Graeme are crafting stellar wines of their own

Video Series: In the Vineyard at MacDonald
MacDonald Vineyards co-owners Graeme (left) and Alex MacDonald sit beneath one of their old Cabernet vines in Napa's Oakville district. (Paige Green)
Jul 16, 2021

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth joins MacDonald Vineyards co-owner Alex MacDonald for a behind-the-wines tour of MacDonald's Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Napa Valley's Oakville district.

In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 1: 25-Year-Old 'Young' Vines

In Part 1, Molesworth and Alex MacDonald take a look at the property's "young" 25-year-old vines and talk pruning and training for longevity.


In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 2: Disco-Era Vines Hitting Their Stride

At MacDonald Vineyards in Napa Valley's Oakville district, co-owner Alex MacDonald explains the old-school, head-trained "California sprawl" method employed by his grandfather when planting these Cabernet vines in 1974, and how that training method supports the health and quality of the grapes.


In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 3: The Old-Vine Holy Grail

Planted in Napa's Oakville district in 1954, MacDonald Vineyards' oldest Cabernet vines represent what co-owners Alex and Graeme MacDonald strive to achieve at their historic property. Alex explains how the grapes from these "holy grail" vines fuel their Cabernets' structure, power, complexity and ageability.


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

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