Arns Winery

601 Mund Road
Saint Helena, CA 94574


About Us:

ARNS WINERY is located on the hillside east of the historic City of St. Helena, CA, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The 160 acre parcel sits at an elevation of 800 feet above the valley floor and below the Howell Mountain Appellation. The soil for the ten acre all-Cabernet vineyard is Red Aiken Loam, which was planted in the mid-to-late 1960's. Our wines represent selections from ten different blocks, with clones from Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. The vines consist of up to 2,900 plants/acre trained in a vertical shoot positioning.

Arns property was homesteaded in the late 1880's by a fellow from Germany. The second owner was a stone mason who did very creative plaster work in homes and caves throughout the Valley. He built the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Ca from stones quarried from our property. There is a long history of Zinfandel grapes grown from the previous owners. The Arns family purchased this parcel in the late 1950's as a retreat for their family. John Arns, along with his brother, Steve, have kept the tradition of grape growing here at Arns. John Arns and Sandi Belcher developed Arns Winery after years of selling grapes to local wineries.

Although the total property is 160 acres, most of which is rocks and forest, the vineyard itself is ten acres in ten different blocks. The exposure of the different blocks accentuates the clonal differences and makes each separate area of vineyard unique. The vines vary in age from 15 to 45 years. The newer blocks are planted at a much higher density, with spacing of 5 ² x 3 ² and on vertical shoot positioned trellises. There are a total of seven different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in the various blocks. These clones have distinct flavors of black fruit, anise, chocolate, cherries, allspice, sumac with deep, dense, purple color and loose clusters. The yields are low and average about 1.5-2 tons per acre. All of the vineyards are farmed using organic methods.

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