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Small Napa Valley Winery on the Silverado Trail
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Owner Rollie Heitz grew up in one of Napa Valley’s most well-known wine families: his father is renowned Cabernet Sauvignon producer Joseph Heitz of Heitz Cellars. After spending 18 years working for his family’s winery, managing vineyards and tackling administrative tasks, Rollie set out to fulfill the long-held dream of owning a winery.
His Midsummer Cellars may be the smallest winery in Napa Valley (it’s less than 1000 square feet), and the production may be extremely tiny, but the Cabernets made here are gigantic. Producing only 3 wines, vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon from their own Cañon Creek Vineyard plus two others, Midsummer Cellars handcrafts wines that reflect the terroir of their source.
Visits here are by appointment only. In good weather, the tasting is held outside, beneath one of the oldest Valley Oak trees in the area. Unlike most Napa wineries, at Midsummer Cellars you’ll experience a tasting with the owner (who is also the winemaker)—Rollie Heitz.
The gigantic old oak tree on the grounds of Midsummer Cellars dates back so far that it was used as a “corner marker” in land grants two centuries ago.