Newton The Puzzle 2008
Napa Valley trailblazers and founders of Newton Vineyard, Su Hua and Peter Newton, believed in the quality, character and rich flavors of higher elevation fruit. With this thought in mind, they set out to find the ideal hillside property for planting grapes that would eventually make some of the world’s most desired wines.
In 1977, the Newtons purchased one square mile of tumbling slopes on Spring Mountain, making them pioneers of what is now considered a prime viticultural region producing some of the world’s finest and most unique wines. Newton’s picturesque vineyards overlooking Napa Valley were planted in 112 separate blocks amongst forested land to maintain a natural balance with the native habitat.
Co-founder Su Hua Newton’s great respect for nature is not only reflected in the terraced vineyards but also in the estate’s design. The winery was custom built to allow minimal handling of the fruit, utilizing gravity flow systems to separate batch fermenting. Wine caves were tunneled into the hillside and a room was built underneath the formal parterre garden to specifically allow Chardonnay barrels to ferment naturally in the cool environment below the earth. This concept, radical in its time, is now praised as a clever and sustainable use of the natural surroundings and introduced the world to Newton’s “Nature by Design” founding philosophy.
The parterre garden is just one element of the estate that reveals the heritage of its founders. The British telephone box also reflects the birthplace of Peter Newton; the Chinese red gate, striking pagoda and other Asian accents reveal the culture of Su Hua Newton.
Founded over 30 years ago, Newton’s guiding philosophy was to work in harmony with nature to produce wines of purity that offer a true sense of terroir. This legacy is still carried on today, as the Newton winemaking team continues to employ sustainable farming techniques using only indigenous yeast in their meticulous winemaking practices. The resulting wines offer exceptional character, depth and balance, consistently garnering world-wide acclaim from wine critics and savvy connoisseurs of fine wines.