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Barnett Vineyards Celebrates their 40th Anniversary Announces a Charitable Donation Program Benefiting the St. Helena Fire Department

1 June, 2023

Barnett Vineyards Celebrates their 40th Anniversary Announces a Charitable Donation Program Benefiting the St. Helena Fire Department Spring Mountain, CA June 1, 2023 – In honor of its 40th anniversary this year, Barnett Vineyards, known for its highly regarded Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon wines, has announced a donation program for the St. Helena Fire Department in recognition of the tremendous efforts made by the local fire department in responding to the devastating 2020 fires. The donation is part of the winery's commitment to supporting the local fire department and community that helped to save many of the Spring Mountain properties that were in harm’s way of the fire. The 2020 fires caused widespread destruction and displaced many families and businesses in Napa Valley and greater northern California. In recognition of the efforts of the firefighters, Hal and Fiona Barnett, founders and proprietors of Barnett Vineyards, are donating a percentage of the sales of the 2021 vintage of Cabernet Franc wine sales to the St. Helena Fire Department. The funds will be used to support the firehouse's ongoing efforts to keep the community safe and to help firefighters obtain the equipment and training they need to respond to future emergencies. “We are deeply grateful to the firefighters who worked tirelessly to protect our community during the 2020 fires," said Hal Barnett "We believe that supporting the local community is an essential part of our business and are committed to doing our part to make sure that everyone thrives after enduring such a hardship.  We celebrate 40 years of our family winery this year, and we have had great opportunities and challenges along the way.  This is our way of expressing gratitude for first responders and their selfless efforts.” The donation is part of the winery's ongoing commitment to supporting the local community. In addition to this donation, Barnett Vineyards has participated in numerous community events and supported many local charitable organizations. Fiona Barnett is active board member with Larkin Street Youth, a non-profit in San Francisco that helps to keep young people off the streets by providing healthcare, housing, employment and education services.  About Barnett Vineyards Barnett Vineyards was founded in 1983 by Hal and Fiona Barnett and today, the family-owned winery celebrates 40 years in the Spring Mountain American Viticultural District (AVA). The Barnetts had a vision, took a risk and planted a vineyard on a series of hand-tilled terraces, slopes, forests and winding roads. Now, four decades later, the Barnetts continue their dream, living on the estate where the wines are grown and made. The rocky, volcanic soil on the Barnett estate, high elevation as well as steep hillside conditions, produces fruit of great intensity as well as complexity. Winemaker and General Manager, David Tate has worked alongside the Barnetts since 2007 and has helped to evolve production to between 7,000 and 8,000 cases while maintaining quality and the artisanal winemaking that has made these award-winning wines so in demand. The founding of Barnett Vineyards on Spring Mountain is a story of a family that for 40 years has put its blood, sweat and tears into a place, with the enduring expectation that every day they endeavor to make it better. They love where they live, and they love what they do. For more information on the winery, its wine and its owners, and to purchase wine, please visit or visit @barnettvineyards on Instagram.  For information, interviews, and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at 415-730-0064 or  
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Barnett Vineyards Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2023

29 March, 2023

Barnett Vineyards Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2023 Spring Mountain, CA March 28, 2023- The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for the Barnett family who in 1983, seeking a respite from the pressures of city life in San Francisco,  found a special, high elevation property on Spring Mountain Road in the Napa Valley that was to become the renowned vineyard and winery it is today.   The 1980s was a nascent period for Napa Valley, and 1983 marked a decade since the founding of many legendary wineries such as Stag's Leap and Cakebread  Cellars, who were transforming the sleepy farm country into a serious wine destination.  The Barnetts made the commitment early on to live on the property full time raising their family and cultivating a vineyard, in other words, hands on vintners.   With a knack for finding great land and talent, and seeing ahead of the curve, the purchase of 40 acres became the foundation of what is today, Barnett Vineyards.   Hal Barnett's real estate savvy and Fiona Barnett's financial know how, helped them formulate a dream team of viticulturalists and winemaking, releasing their first vintage in 1989.  In 1991, they produced their first designated Spring Mountain wine, later bottled, and labeled in 1993 when the Spring Mountain AVA was formally approved by what was then, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. (BATF) The physical layout of the Spring Mountain District, 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, 25 miles north of the San Pablo Bay at elevations between 600-2600 feet (the Barnett Vineyard is at 2,100 feet), allows for cool climate winemaking resulting in wines of structure, balance, and intensity.     Prescient for these challenging times of climate change, the wines are a testimony to patience, rewarding those who prefer to cellar wines and appreciate the evolution that comes with time. Their famed Rattlesnake Hill vineyard on the property, came out of the gate with its first vintage in 1991 and earned a 96-point score from Robert Parker at The Wine Advocate and the Barnetts commitment to fine winemaking was cemented.  Working for the last sixteen years with noted winemaker David Tate, the wines crafted on the property continue to win awards and accolades, rewarding those who consider patience a virtue.   The fires of 2020 almost extinguished the efforts of three plus decades, but thankfully, quick thinking and action on the part of the employees, both past and present, using the property's pool water and pumps, they were able to put out the fire onsite.  The extent of the damage included many vines, trees, equipment, and the tasting platform on Rattlesnake HIll.   In 2022, a renewed planting effort of 4,000 vines along with a new deck helped set up the 40th anniversary year to come with a spirit of resilience and renewal. 2023 will consist of several special auction lots, limited edition bottlings, public and private events celebrating the vision of this visionary family and team.   Please visit or follow the winery on Instagram @barnettvineyards For information, interviews, and images, please contact Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET of Charles Communications Associates at 415-730-0064 or   # # #
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