Generations of Farming
In the mid-19th century, Two brothers—Adrien Pierre and Jean V. Chaix—listened to many stories of the agricultural wonders of the Napa Valley and the unique terroir perfect for growing grapes.
The two young Frenchmen left their homes in Provence and emigrated to California. They settled mid-valley, purchasing prime vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville, and on Howell Mountain. Jean V. and his business partner Adolphe Brun built and operated the 13th bonded winery in California.
In 1909 our great-grandfather Adrien, known as A.P., bought an 80 acre vineyard in Rutherford on the renown Rutherford Bench. He cultivated grapes with cuttings he brought from the French Medoc.
Over the past 100 years, grapes from Chaix Family Vineyards have gone into many of Napa’s most distinguished wines and now those grapes go into making a wine of our own.
Sam Baxter is a second-generation winemaker who learned the profession through hands-on experience at the side of his father, Phil. He’s been making our wines since our first vintage in 2008.
Sam is part of a new and exciting generation of Napa Valley winemakers who’ve earned degrees in Fermentation Science at UC Davis. He has worked in wineries in both California and Australia, including Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga. Sam began working at Terra Valentine as cellar master in July 1999 and became head winemaker in 2002. Sam’s modern approach is tempered with a healthy respect for the tradition of making fine wine.