11,075 ACRES OF WINE PRODUCING HEAVEN
An extinct volcano sheds light on Coombsville’s deep past and bright future
If you haven’t heard of Coombsville, you soon will. We are Napa’s new polestar, located at the southeastern end of the Valley. Coombsville is quickly gaining traction and recognition for its for slow-ripening Bordeaux style wines. Our AVA also distinguishes itself from other parts of the Napa Valley by its noticeably cooler climate and soil conditions, the latter a mix of well-draining river rock and mineral-rich volcanic ash. We are located in a “horseshoe” band of hills. Mt. George and its striking 1,877-foot peak prominently dots our horizon. Our extinct and distinctive volcano is visible from just about every vineyard plot in our AVA. Oftentimes, you’ll find it shrouded in fog, the San Pablo Bay stirring up wind and thick marine conditions.
Coombsville wineries are, for the most part, all family-owned and operated. Despite our area cited as a “recent discovery,” and recent arrival as an AVA (American Viticultural Area) in December 2011, the Coombsville wine region prides itself on a long history of production dating to the 1800s. Coombsville takes its name from pioneer, Nathan Coombs, a Massachusetts native who founded the city of Napa. Coombs rode into town in 1845 and snapped up several parcels of land. Just three years later in 1848 with his purchase of Rancho Entre de Napa from Nicholas Higuerra, a new gateway was born. Enter the city of Napa.
THE ONE WAY TO FARM--SUSTAINABLY
Since 2009, Coombsville's First Certified Organic Vineyard
Being an organic vineyard is a governmental certification process that requires annual inspections; sustainable farming is a philosophy or way of life. We adhere to both. Since the beginning, we have practiced a sustainable farming philosophy. It will take years to fully realize and truly requires a lifetime commitment. Despite the challenges, we know this direction in the vineyard is the only path to follow. As a sustainable vineyard, we meet the needs of the land today without compromising its future uses. Biodiversity, ecological balance, natural plant fertilization, natural pest management and soil integrity are principles we live by.
We decided to go a step further and become a California Certified Organic Farm (CCOF) because we believe in staying true to our values as well as the high standards of CCOF. That means no chemical (manufactured or natural) pesticides are used - only natural fertilization, biological pest management, etc. The area of Coombsville has a long and rich heritage – there were vineyards next door when we first moved here that were planted in the late 1920’s. Rolling hills and seasonal streams abound and we want to make sure they stay as beautiful and healthy as they currently are. By practicing sustainable farming techniques, we feel we are stewards of the land we have come to love and want to ensure its longevity as a top quality vineyard for years to come. We attribute our growing success to sustainable methods that enrich the vineyard.
Hawks are not only beautiful but are a great way to control rodents in the vineyards. We have two hawk boxes on the property that are occupied all year long.
Healthy soil is the foundation for healthy vines. Vines that are farmed with sustainability in mind are more vigorous, produce healthier fruit and are less susceptible to disease. Quality soil offers a richer diversity of nutrients and balance and provides the vines an environment that is less stressful.
Cover crops, such as legumes and poppies enhance our soil, improving water infiltration and protecting against erosion during our rainy season. They suppress weeds and provide a supportive environment for healthy insects, such as ladybugs, to live and thrive, thus controlling other insects that have a negative impact on the vines.
EXPERIENCE OUR PATCH OF VINEYARD HEAVEN
We let our wines do most of the talking, but our family looks forward to sharing a story or two
A visit in Coombsville brings you full circle. We can point you in the direction of Coombsville’s extinct volcano, Mt George, and acquaint you with this part of Napa Valley’s southern landscape through wine. As you explore, allow us to color the background in. You’ll soon understand why this AVA is filled with character--from its history, to its climate and geography. No doubt our resident horses have something to say about this remarkable region as well! They are, in fact, a part of our family story. What is the best way to spend an afternoon? Lingering over a selection of older Ackerman Family Vineyards vintages and delightful cheeses!