It began when Italian immigrants John and Emma Salvestrin fell in love with St. Helena in the early 1920s. In 1932 they purchased a portion of the historic Crane Ranch. With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, they started selling grapes.
Ed Salvestrin, who grew up on the family vineyard, continued to grow quality grapes through the 60s, 70s and 80s. He still lives on site and frequently tends to his fruit trees when he’s not helping out in the vineyard.
In 1987, Rich Salvestrin completed his degree in viticulture from Fresno State University. He returned to the family vineyard to help farm and to expand the family’s grape growing business to include winemaking. 1994 was the inaugural vintage of Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon and in 2001 the estate winery was constructed amongst the family vines. Today, the fourth generation Salvestrin girls are growing up on the family vineyard.
We believe balance is important in every thing we do and that is certainly true in our vineyard. Over the last 10 years we have been farming our vineyard to organic guidelines and have employed sustainable practices for three generations. Fruit and nut trees are planted around the property to provide diversity and we use organic compost and annual cover crop for soil building and plant nutrition.
By cultivating the soil in spring and early summer, we preserve natural soil moisture which helps achieve proper vine balance and reduces water demand. We have been certified Napa Green with fish friendly farming practices.