About Dana Estates
Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Napa Valley, Dana Estates is dedicated to the production of numerous truly distinctive world-class wines. Dana is in fact a Sanskrit term meaning “Spirit of Generosity”, and it is in this spirit that the team at Dana Estates expresses a profound appreciation for those that have worked the soil before them, as they build on the foundations laid by previous generations of winemakers.
Dana Estates is the third winery to occupy this piece of vineyard land in the heart of the famed Rutherford Bench. First farmed and developed by German viticulturalist H. W. Helms in 1883, it was purchased in 1976 by John and Diane Livingston and served as the home for Livingston Moffett winery until proprietor Hi Sang Lee bought the property in 2005. The winery was re-designed by renowned architect Howard Backen as a result of the heavy investment courtesy of its new owner in a quest to ensure that the facilities of the estate would enable the production of consistently world-class wines, whilst also employing the legendary Philippe Melka as consultant. The results have been nothing short of outstanding.
Dana Estates produces three single vineyard wines, from sites displaying dramatic differences: Helms Vineyard (Rutherford), Hershey Vineyard (Howell Mountain) and Lotus Vineyard (above St. Helena). Each vineyard is farmed organically at low yields to allow the unique qualities of each site to be expressed in the bottle.