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Country: USA
Wine maker(s): Ernie Weir
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Hagafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California’s premier wine grape region. Napa’s newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas–the well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich bottled wines. Owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir, the winery was founded in 1979.

The first commercially released vintage was harvested in 1980. Hagafen has grown from a small partnership producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, then owned by Rene DiRosa, to a well-established wine company whose wines are distributed throughout North America and overseas. Hagafen wines have been served at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries.

“Fine wine starts in the vineyard with careful vineyard management,” says Weir. “I strive to take maximum advantage of the Napa Valley’s natural geology and climate to produce the best wine varietals. I interfere as little as possible with the soilOnce harvest is completed, I undertake the second part of my job, winemaking.This presents an interesting challenge every time since each year the growing season and harvest are unique and different. I never seek to change what Nature has provided.

“My goal is to showcase the best that our land has produced.”

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