Recently opened Sinegal Estate Winery in St. Helena has opened its new tasting lounge and terrace, wine caves and Estate Room to the public (by appointment only). Private Club Marketing had the opportunity to pop in to tour the property and taste a few of the amazing wines.
Although Sinegal Estate Winery is one of Napa Valley’s newest wine destinations, it inherits a long tradition at the St. Helena property it now inhabits.
Owners David and Shelley Sinegal are also new to winemaking, but he comes from an extensive background in supervising wine, beer and spirits sales at the giant Costco chain founded by his father.
The Sinegals reportedly paid $17 million in 2013 for the 30-acre property southwest of St. Helena historically known as the Inglewood Estate. The Inglewood Estate began when Alton Williams bought the property in 1879 for $7,500.
It was first planted with vines in 1881, and Inglewood Estate’s first harvest was in 1884. Williams planted 25 acres and built a 24-by-60-foot frame wine cellar with a stone foundation that could produce 20,000 gallons annually.
2013 was their inaugural release. The focus is currently on two primary varietals – Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from the estate – but then it was determined it was growing in an area better suited for red varietals so it was removed and new plantings were made in the back of the property. While not far from these original plantings – the new home for their Sauvignon Blanc features different soils and is growing in a cooler part of the property.