Duckhorn Vineyards

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Duckhorn Vineyards
Duckhorn Vineyards Estate House.jpg
LocationSt. Helena, California, USA
Coordinates38°31′46″N 122°29′27″W / 38.529472°N 122.490705°W / 38.529472; -122.490705
AppellationNapa Valley AVA
First vintage1978
Key people
  • Dan Duckhorn
  • Margaret Duckhorn
Parent companyDuckhorn Wine Company
Known forThree Palms Vineyard Merlot
VarietalsMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay

Duckhorn Vineyards is a winery outside St. Helena, California, specializing in Merlot wines.


The company was started by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, and initially specialized in growing Merlot.[1] By 2007 it had 168 acres (68 ha) in seven vineyards in the Napa Valley and on Howell Mountain, and 153 acres (62 ha) in four vineyards in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.[1]

In July 2007, a controlling interest in the company was sold to GI Partners, a private equity firm,[2] at a price believed to be over $250 million.[1][3] The company was sold to another private equity firm, TSG Consumer Partners, in 2016.[4]


The company produces several single-vineyard Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as a Sauvignon blanc. In 2005, the San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed Dan Duckhorn its "Winemaker of the Year" and named four of his wines to its list of "Top 100 Wines of 2005." In addition to Duckhorn, Duckhorn Wine Company also operates Goldeneye, a maker of Pinot noir in Anderson Valley, and Paraduxx, a blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon made at a winery on the Silverado Trail between Yountville and Oakville, California.[5] The company also produces second wines under the names Decoy (made from fruit not included in Duckhorn),[1][6] Migration (made with grapes from the Anderson Valley properties)[1] and Canvasback.

Some of Duckhorn's Napa Vineyards in the Pope Valley region are managed by Oscar Renteria.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e James Laube & Daniel Sogg (July 31, 2007). "New investor takes control of Duckhorn Wine Co". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 2007-07-06. Archived September 28, 2007.
  2. ^ Steve Heimoff (July 2007). "Duckhorn Wine Company sells controlling share". Wine Enthusiast. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  3. ^ Jon Bonné (2007-08-01). "Napa Valley stunner - famed winery sold". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  4. ^ Quackenbush, Jeff (April 15, 2019). "Duckhorn Wine CEO: Planning for luxury market after boomers, coping with new Napa County regulations". North Bay Business Journal.
  5. ^ Linda Murphy (2005-12-08). "Winemaker of the Year: Duckhorn takes wing". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  7. ^ Alan Goldfarb "Tending the Vines of the Napa Valley: An interview with Salvador and Oscar Renteria" Appellation America, November 1st, 2006