7Cellars wines began their journey in the heart of Napa Valley. Grown in the same vineyard as the iconic, charitable ONEHOPE Wines, 7Cellars varietals come straight from the Rutherford American Viticultural Area—a six-square-mile stretch that comprises some of California’s finest wine-growing land.
Located in a picturesque valley, the soil on our vineyard is a well-drained mixture of gravel, loam, sand, and volcanic deposits, which create ideal growing conditions for 7Cellars varietals. Our Rutherford vineyard is surrounded by great company, including many more of the world’s most iconic wine brands: Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Staglin, and Cakebread.
- Geography: The Rutherford Viticultural Area is about 6 miles beginning just south of Cakebread Cellars along Highway 29. The area ends around Zinfandel Lane, about 3.3 miles north, and extends across the valley 2 miles at its widest point.
- Soil: Soils from 3 alluvial fans are prominently sandy, gravelly and loamy. These fans are formed from broken, well-bedded sandstone, and their deposits are high in gravels. Deep and well-drained, these fans have pockets that allow runoff to flow seamlessly to the streams and Napa River. The Rutherford soils are primarily dominated by the Franciscan marine sedimentary materials, but also include some volcanic deposits from Bale, Pleasanton and Yolo loams.
- Climate: Warm summers ripen our Rutherford grapes, giving way to cooler evenings. An average summer day in Napa may drop 12 degrees right after sunset. This change in temperature allows the grapes to ripen at a steady pace; temperatures to the north and south of Rutherford can vary as much as 10 degrees.
- Rainfall: The Rutherford Viticultural Area has an average rainfall of about 26-36 inches each year.
- Varietals: Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc