- Region: Napa Valley
- Winery Location: Howell Mountain
- Owner: Denise & Stephen Adams
- First Vintage: 2010
- Winemaker: Alberto Bianchi and Philippe Melka
Grown on the red soil slopes of our hillside estate, our wines are literally borne from our red earth. Like nature, they are expressions of many elements working in harmony.
To realize the complexity that defines the finest Cabernet Sauvignons, our estate is a mosaic of five vineyard sites, ranging in elevation from 1,500 to 2,000 feet. Of our 28-planted acres, 25 are Cabernet Sauvignon, with nine hand-selected clones spread out over an array of exposures and elevations.
Legendary viticulturist Michael Wolf, stewards every vineyard block to accentuate its strengths. Though we embrace innovation, we also believe that there is no substitute for experience and the human touch. Farmed with integrity and passion, every one of our organic and biodynamic-certified vines is hand-tended by our vineyard team a minimum of seven times a season.
Raised in Milan, Italy, Alberto Bianchi’s passion for viticulture began at the age of seven, while helping his grandfather craft Barbera wine for his family. It is not just the act of winemaking that has always been of interest to him, it’s also the “romantic and heroic” nature of viticulture in extreme sites that has ignited the passion and commitment to wine that drives him today.
Alberto holds a bachelor’s degree in Winemaking and Viticulture from the University of Milan and a double Master’s Degree in Winemaking and Viticulture from the University of Turin and the University of Lisbon. After completing his studies, Alberto travelled extensively throughout Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand, experiencing a variety of cultures and characters and winemaking techniques with the different grape varieties, and honing his craft.
In 2012, Alberto was selected for LVMH’s Estates & Wines Early Career Winemakers program, where three up-and-coming winemakers are sent to three countries for three years of intensive training and development. He began in Argentina, as Assistant Winemaker at Terrazas de los Andes, followed by a year at Newton Vineyard on Spring Mountain, Napa, before his final rotation at Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. Upon completion of this three-year program, Alberto returned to Newton in 2016 as Head of Winemaking, and joined ADAMVS as their winemaker in 2022.