photo source: Brown Estate
Brown Estate is one of a kind as the first and only Black Owned Vineyard in Napa Valley. If you ever find yourself walking through the deep-rooted waves of green seas, that house the nectar of crushed grapes that are used in each one of their wines. As you drive through Napa Valley, there is a peaceful calm of wind that carries; inside it, an aroma of dirt, plants, a sweet smell of fermented grapes, and roots that has stretched through 3 generations within this family vineyard estate. The sky covers over you like warm arms of fiery sunsets and blankets of rolling green hills. I am excited to discover this gem and share with Urbaanites who may be in search of beautiful destinations, as the world unlocks its doors again.
In 1980 our parents purchased an abandoned ranch in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. They rehabilitated the crumbling homestead and planted viniferous grapes — which for a decade we farmed and sold to local winemakers. In 1995 we kids decided to make our own wine
A Generational Wine Story
The Brown Estate is a living representation of vision and innovation. The Brown parents saw barrels of sweet wine where the land once lay bare. The restoration of this land to the beautiful Vineyard it is today is something that we all can be proud of. And the vineyard is worth visiting just from their story alone even if you do not partake in wine. There is a story inside of each sip of wine from their lineage, perseverance to a fire that took out almost all of their wine supply back in June 2000. Since then, they have garnered continued respect from their community and customers who kept their orders for Brown Estate while the family picked up the broken pieces.
A From Fire to Vineyard Resilience
But since the fire, for over 21 years it picked up from where their roots first started in 1980. It is one of the most talked-about, esteemed, and Award-Winning Vineyards in Napa Valley. They have maintained the dream their parents had long ago with the purchase of what was once abandoned property. Land that needed a little bit of TLC and faith. It needed someone to see past its weeds and hard soil. The family speaks about this journey between land, earth, hard work, through their brand symbol the scarab beetle.
With a legacy of innovation and vision, they continue to set themselves apart and excel in the business of winemaking. Napa Valley is located about 1 hour and 10 minutes away from the San Francisco Airport, you can have a full experience on their property from wine tastings to grabbing a picture in front of their Instagram worthy letterboard wall. I hope you get to visit them soon but if not, you can enjoy a bottle of any one of their wines in the comfort of your home right here in Nashville. Most of the family’s wine can be ordered and shipped right to your door. I suggest a bottle or two or three of “Chaos Theory”.
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