A taste of modernity — steeped beautifully in tradition.
Deep in the heart of Napa Valley, where the climate reminds visitors of the breezy Mediterranean and the peaceful days beget an air of joy and relaxation, we have the pleasure of making some of the most eclectic single-vineyard wines found anywhere.
This is Nickel & Nickel, 42 glorious acres in the picturesque slice of Earth known as Oakville – where winemaking tradition and innovation intersect.
Originally settled as a farmstead in the 1880s, the site's Queen Anne-style home and collection of charming classic barns serve as a window into the past: pieces of architectural history meticulously restored and home today to a modern winery. Little would the casual passerby suspect that housed within the stately farmstead structures is an ultra-modern winery, distinctively suited to producing exceptional single-vineyard wines.
Learn more about our Napa Valley farmstead at Nickel & Nickel, as well as our place in the Napa Valley — and don't forget to schedule your personal tour and tasting appointment to experience it firsthand.
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The captivating farmhouse that welcomes guests to the winery is named for John C. Sullenger, who established the farmstead in the 1880s after purchasing the land in 1865. The charming 2,800-square-foot Sullenger House, built around 1884, provides a peek into the lifestyle of the settlers that helped establish Napa Valley as one of the premier vineyard locales on the planet.
After sitting weathered and uninhabited for nearly two decades, we restored the Sullenger House to its original glory in 2003. The restoration was later awarded for its historical significance by Napa County Landmarks. The charming Queen Anne Sullenger House sets a tone for the memorable experience guests have in store when visiting our winery.
The phrase “cellar door” has been cited by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as one of the most beautiful phrases in the English language — but if you’re like us, we believe you’ll be more interested in what you’ll find behind it.
The greatest surprise afforded by our unassuming farmstead might just be what lies beneath it. Within a modest, traditional stone outbuilding lies the staircase that descends into the cavernous, 30,000-square-foot subterranean barrel cellar. Situated underneath the fermentation barns, it is at once beautifully dramatic and utterly unexpected. The cellar's custom-formed hollow columns gently carry the wine from tank to barrel, where each and every row of French oak represents an entire vintage of each of our single-vineyard wines.
The 3,000-square-foot pre-Revolutionary War-era hay barn was originally built by the Gleason family in Meriden, New Hampshire, circa 1770. After it was spared demolition in 2001, we spent two years dismantling the barn, rescuing and restoring the wood beams, and designing blueprints, before shipping it in pieces cross-country to be reconstructed at Nickel & Nickel. The Gleason Barn is surrounded by the beautiful hand-hewn beams that hold stories of centuries past, and now also serve as the home of the winery's offices and laboratory for the winemaking staff. The Gleason Barn is available for special private tasting bookings for our guests.