The philosophical approach to winemaking at St. Clement is all about the land of Napa Valley.
In 1878, Fritz H. Rosenbaum, a German stained-glass merchant living in San Francisco, and his wife Johanna built a modern Gothic-Victorian style home on a knoll north of St. Helena. The first wines were vinted in the stone cellars beneath the house, and Johannaberg Cellars became one of the earliest bonded wineries in the Napa Valley.
Decades later, Dr. William Casey and his wife Alexandra purchased the home and christened their first wines St. Clement Vineyards.
St. Clement Vineyards is a “must-see” in this part of the wine country. The Victorian Rosenbaum House, which was first used as a winery in 1878, has been meticulously restored and now serves as the Hospitality Center. The parlor has become an intimate tasting room, while the porch swing still beckons guests to while away the afternoon overlooking our Napa Valley vineyards.
The aspiration of St. Clement Vineyards has always been to produce small quantities of noble wines in the tradition of the classic European wine estates; wines which consistently reflect the unique and enduring characteristics of soil and climate.
The philosophical approach to winemaking at St. Clement is all about the land of Napa Valley. Much has been written about the idyllic nature and diversity of this 50-mile long valley. It is this diversity that forms the foundation for our approach to winemaking.
In 2005, Danielle Cyrot was named Winemaker for St. Clement Vineyards. Danielle brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations.
Danielle now turns her full attention to St. Clement. With a range of vineyards to work with, she can utilize her creativity to its fullest in crafting rich, unique wines. For Danielle, it’s a family tradition.