Vangone Estate
Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive, to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider’s secret.

  • Region: Napa Valley
  • Winery Location: Howell Mountain
  • Owner: Mark Davidowski
  • First Vintage: 2014
  • Winemaker: Sam Kaplan

Story
The land for Vangone Estate was purchased in 1993 by Mark and Patty Davidowski, with the vineyard development starting later in 2011. During this period, while they were not yet living in Napa, Mark was contacted by the California Highway patrol regarding an abandoned van on the property, the inside of which was being used by some less than savoury locals to cultivate a certain green ‘herb’.

When the Highway Patrol removed the plants, they refused to remove the abandoned van due to it lacking its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), thus there was no proof of ownership. After many attempts to remove the van over the following months, Mark emphatically stated, “I just want that van gone.” The vineyard manager then called back a few weeks later with a single statement: “Van gone.” Where the van went is a mystery. The name stuck and the icon on the label is an abstract image of the van.

The Estate Vineyard is a staggeringly beautiful site perched on two ridge tops, high in the Vaca Mountains between Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill and Oakville. With views looking down across the nearby Rector Creek reservoir towards Screaming Eagle on one side (see picture), high up towards Continuum Estate in the other direction, and untouched wilderness at every other angle, it is one of the most stunning terroirs in Napa.

Vineyards
The Estate vineyard is a staggeringly beautiful site perched on two ridge tops, high in the Vaca Mountains between Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill and Oakville. With views looking down across the nearby Rector Creek reservoir towards Screaming Eagle on one side, high up towards Continuum Estate in the other direction, and untouched wilderness at every other angle, this has to be one of the most stunning vineyards in Napa.

Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone & Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: around 100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (c.250 cases).

The west-facing Block B has great exposure to the sunshine and the reservoir below has a significant cooling influence.

Block D faces Atlas Peak to the east, on an incredibly steep part of the vineyard.

The Estate Cabernet is a stunning combination of the two. It carries notes from each and shines with gorgeous density, structure and personality.

Winemaking
Sam Kaplan is the first-choice winemaker for a growing number prestigious Napa Estates including Arkenstone Estate, Memento Mori, Vangone Estate, and Nine Suns (recently purchased by Realm Cellars), as well as producing his own brand, Maxem.

After 20+ vintages in the Napa Valley, Sam often reflects on what first got him interested in and then passionate about winemaking and the culture of wine as a way of life. He goes back to one day in college when he walked into a friend’s winery in Oregon and was overcome with the aromas of fermentation. It was a pivotal moment. “It smelled like home, and reminded me of my early childhood”, he says. Sam remembers his physician dad and friends making wine in their garage. Although he jokingly calls his dad “an early garagiste,” he remembers how wine, the intensity of aromas with fermentation, pulled family and friends together.

Latest arrivals from Vangone Estate

2019 Vangone, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 12x75cl

WI99
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Production: 250 cases Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the... breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive, to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider's secret. Stylistically, Vangone is a phenomenal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon: rich and hedonistic, while refined and textured in equal measure. Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone Estate, Maxem, Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: c.100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (c.250 cases).  The Estate Cabernet is a stunning combination of both block. It carries notes from each and shines with gorgeous density, structure and personality.
£1,945 / Case£162.08 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £2,379.79 / Case, £198.32 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Vangone, Block D Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 12x75cl

WI98
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Production: 100 cases Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the... breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive, to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider's secret. Stylistically, Vangone is a phenomenal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon: rich and hedonistic, while refined and textured in equal measure. Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone Estate, Maxem, Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: c.100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (c.250 cases).  Block D faces Atlas Peak to the east, on an incredibly steep part of the vineyard. This Cabernet is characteristic for its fruit-driven nose and incredibly powerful, structured core.
£1,945 / Case£162.08 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £2,379.79 / Case, £198.32 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Vangone, Block D Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1x75cl

WI98
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Production: 100 cases Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the... breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive, to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider's secret. Stylistically, Vangone is a phenomenal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon: rich and hedonistic, while refined and textured in equal measure. Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone Estate, Maxem, Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: c.100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (c.250 cases).  Block D faces Atlas Peak to the east, on an incredibly steep part of the vineyard. This Cabernet is characteristic for its fruit-driven nose and incredibly powerful, structured core.
£164 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £200.62 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Vangone, Block B Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 12x75cl

WI99
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Production: 100 cases Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the... breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive, to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider's secret. Stylistically, Vangone is a phenomenal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon: rich and hedonistic, while refined and textured in equal measure. Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone Estate, Maxem, Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: c.100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (c.250 cases).  The west-facing Block B has great exposure to the sunshine and the reservoir below has a significant cooling influence. The wine is full of savoury, perfumed aromatics which showcase the luxurious side of the vineyard and highlight the iron rich soils.
£1,945 / Case£162.08 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £2,379.79 / Case, £198.32 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days