Welcome to Arns Winery
After being growers for several years and providing grapes to renowned vineyards across the Napa Valley, John Arns and Sandi Belcher established Arns Winery in 1990 and made their official debut as vintners with the release of their 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were sourced from a 160 acre parcel that sat at an elevation of 800ft above the valley floor and just below the Howell Mountain Appellation. The Arns family had purchased this estate in the late 1950’s as a family retreat, and although it was previously planted to Zinfandel, a decade later was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The ten acre parcel that was home to 2,900 vines per acre, was divided in 10 different blocks planted with clones from Bordeaux and Napa Valley and provided the fruit for all our estate grown wines that our fans have enjoyed for almost three decades.
The combination of clonal selection, organic farming practices, and minimal irrigation provided us with low yields of highly concentrated and intensely flavorful fruit. Seven different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon that varied in age from 15 to 45 years old, planted at high density in Aiken and Boomer Gravelly Loam soils, provided the characteristics that define our wines. Our grapes are very multidimensional with clear notes of black fruit, anise, chocolate, cherries and allspice.
During our vinification process we age all blocks separate to evaluate their performance and we blend the clones with the goal in mind to make a wine that has the potential to age and improve with the pass of time. Not following standard timing, our bottling is done when the wine is ready, usually after 2+ years of being aged in 100% new French oak barrels.
Owner / Winemaker
Kathi Belcher Tyler