A Treasure Trove of Vineyards
The Komes and Garvey’s have always been farmers first, and over the years the family has acquired 500 acres throughout Napa Valley, 300 of which are planted to vineyard. With estate properties stretching from the cool, rolling hills of Carneros to the famed sub-appellations of Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena, Flora Springs produces varietal wines ranging from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals. Each year the family selects a small percentage of the yield for their own wines, selling the remaining fruit to neighboring Napa Valley wineries. This selection puts the focus on quality, not quantity, resulting in hand-crafted wines that meet the family’s exacting standards.
Innovation has always been at the forefront at Flora Springs and remains strong to this day. With decades of experience in Napa Valley farming, the family never rests on its laurels; rather, the years have provided multiple opportunities to refine and experiment with new rootstocks, clones, trellising and irrigation systems, and other viticultural practices. This focus on continuous improvement is a hallmark of the Komes and Garvey family, resulting in the highest quality estate-grown wines.
Komes Ranch – St. Helena & Rutherford
The beautiful and diverse 110-acre Komes Ranch estate vineyard surrounds the winery along the Mayacamas Mountain range. This vineyard begins at a 500-foot elevation and sits on benchland soils that slope down to the valley floor, an ideal site for winegrowing. These well-drained clay and sandy loam soils foster vines with deep root systems, resulting in low yields of high-quality grapes. A unique aspect to the vineyard is that it straddles the St. Helena and Rutherford sub-appellations, with blocks that reflect subtly different microclimates.
P&J Vineyard – St. Helena
The 41-acre P&J Vineyard is named after Pat and Julie Garvey, as it was common to see the couple pruning and tending to the vines when it was initially acquired by the family. Predominantly planted to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the vineyard also features a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes typically experience the warmer conditions consistent with vineyards located in the St. Helena sub-appellation and northern Napa Valley. The soils are deep, well drained and require little irrigation due to the vines’ well-established root systems.
Garvey Family Vineyard – Rutherford
Located off Whitehall Lane, the 21-acre Garvey Family Vineyard is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain range in Rutherford. It is bordered by oak woodlands, an olive grove and is certified organic by CCOF. Gently sloped with deep soils this property produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Windfall Vineyard – Rutherford
Flora Springs Windfall Vineyard comprises four acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot on the western benchland of the Rutherford sub-appellation where cool evenings and warm afternoons prevail. The soils consist of well-drained gravelly loams that are rich in nutrients. The vineyard orientation imparts ample sun exposure producing fruit that is concentrated yet balanced in flavor.
Crossroads Ranch – Oakville
Located off the Oakville Cross Road, the 95-acre Crossroads Ranch is home to Flora Spring’s eight-acre Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard. This property is the site of a previously unknown Sauvignon Blanc clone – Soliloquy – which was discovered by the Komes and Garvey family and certified by UC Davis. The soils are a mix of clay and well-drained sandy loam with a reddish hue from the traces of oxidized iron deposited by the Napa River over time. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, this site hosts Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Red Hen Vineyard – Oak Knoll District
The 10-acre Red Hen Vineyard is located in the northwest portion of Oak Knoll District and sits on one of Napa Valley’s largest alluvial fans. Ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, the soils are volcanically derived and deep with a high gravel and stone consistency. Moderate to cool maritime influences prevail creating a longer growing season with cooler temperatures.
Kairos Vineyard – Napa Valley
Located in the southeastern area of Napa Valley, the 33-acre Kairos Vineyard is bordered by the Oak Knoll and Coombsville sub-appellations. The name Kairos comes from the phrase “seize the day” in ancient Greek and is a reference to Julie Garvey’s graduate degree in theology. The climate here is cool due to the maritime influence of the nearby San Pablo Bay. Certified sustainable under the Napa Green program, the vineyard’s blocks are sloped with a southwest exposure, and due to the cooler climate harvest typically occurs later in the season.
Sunset Knoll Vineyard – Carneros
The nine-acre Sunset Knoll Vineyard is located within the Carneros region of Napa Valley, another cool-climate vineyard close to the San Pablo Bay planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard sits in a pastoral setting surrounded by pastureland. There is also a lot of bird activity in this region and Sunset Knoll is one of the few vineyards where bird netting is employed to protect the fruit as harvest approaches.
Lavender Hill Vineyard – Carneros
The Lavender Hill Vineyard is one of the coolest in Napa Valley, a seven-acre site which is constantly buffeted by fog and breezes blowing off the adjacent San Pablo Bay. This is Chardonnay country, a hilly knoll with well-spaced vines that produce very low yields of aromatic and intensely concentrated fruit.