Cathiard Vineyard’s history
Two brothers, James and William Rennie purchased the property in 1885. They planted sixty acres of grapes covering the Rutherford and St. Helena AVAs, and built their stone gravity-flow winery. However, a chain of unfortunate events led to the closure of the winery in 1920 and the beautiful old stone winery became one of the ghost wineries.
After several historic changes, finally in 2020 Florence and Daniel Cathiard purchased the estate after falling in love with its biodiversity. This connection to nature has been the cornerstone of their properties in Bordeaux, including Château Smith Haut Lafitte which they have owned since 1990.
Winery’s wine caves bear thin halo lights amongst total blackness representing a shrine dedicated to life. Its darkness will guide the wine in barrel to the bottle while preserving freshness, and bring brightness of the great vintages both past and present.
A variety of experience
At Cathiard Vineyard, you can enjoy Founding Brothers and Hora wines in the harmonious setting of the tasting room or the outdoor pergola overlooking the vineyard.
In addition, the estate offers to book your own personal host, who will introduce you to the winery`s history and winemaking philosophy, as well as lead a tour of the gravity-fed winery and horseshoe cellar, followed by a tasting of three wines.
And finally, to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the place, you can take a scenic drive to the vineyards in an open-air vehicle and explore the couloirs of the terroir on the hillsides. Savor a glass of wine from the highest plot surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views, sit under the gazebo of a beautiful lake and finish your tasting in the privacy of Florence and Daniel Catiar’s favorite spot.