This vineyard faces west on the side of Howell Mountain and has a slope averaging 27%. The volcanic soil is called “Tuff” which is compressed volcanic ash. The rocky soil drains very well allowing the grapes to achieve full maturity. This produces small berries providing intense flavor which is the Burgess hallmark. Hot days and cool nights mixed with the unique topography provide a premium mountainous flavor to all our wines. The vineyard sits comfortably in the frost-free zone above St Helena in Napa Valley.
Purchased in 1987, developed by our founder Tom Burgess, owned by son James Burgess since 2012, the Haymaker Vineyard faces east on the opposite side of Howell Mountain. The slope averages 20% and is well drained due to the volcanic ash and marine sediment soils, producing grapes that have a rich, dark core of varietal character. Being above the frost-zone in Napa Valley, allows for a long growing season. Very hot days and cool nights, our unique slope and elevation, provide an intense mountainous core to all our wines.