Salvestrin Vineyard and Winery: Vintage 1932

Although Salvestrin Estates Vineyard and Winery is presently celebrating 75 years of operation, winegrapes have been grown on the property twice that many years — giving the vineyard one of the longest histories to be found anywhere in the Napa Valley.

The original vintner, Dr. George Crane, came to St. Helena from San Jose in 1858. Crane was a prominent physician — the director of what is now Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara County’s public hospital — who chose viticulture over medicine, Susanne Salvestrin said, “because he decided that he could make more money growing grapes than he could being a physician.”

1862 is first vintage