Our unique flavor characteristics grow from our special terroir: a combination of soils and micro-climate

Our three estate vineyards are located in the northern Napa Valley at the base of Howell Mountain about 5 miles north St. Helena in the Calistoga AVA.  10 total acres of vineyards in 3 distinct blocks create unique lots with individual flavor profiles. Seven acres of cabernet sauvignon were planted between 1991 and 1993 on 110R rootstock from clone 8. In 1998 David Abreu designed and planted a 3 acre hillside vineyard of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. 

The soils are volcanic and rocky which allows for excellent drainage, but each vine must burrow deep into the soil to find nutrients and water. Water is also a precious commodity in our land; we irrigate just enough to compensate for the drying effect of the sun.

Our vineyard elevations vary from 600 feet at the base of the estate to about 900 feet at our highest point. Throughout each vineyard the slopes undulate from relatively flat, to almost 35% in slope. Each vine has adapted to its unique location, and the variation in elevation and slope allows for a layering of flavors in the fruit we harvest.

Our warm days and cooler evenings work with the full southern sun exposure to ripen our fruit earlier than most. This stressing of the vines and early ripening reduces our berry and cluster size creating a more extracted and concentrated flavor when our wines are pressed.

This unique location is one we preserve and protect as stewards of our lands for future generations. We farm sustainably and our Calistoga vineyards are certified Napa Valley Green

The Jones Family 
Founders & Proprietors

Jones Family Vineyards is a Calistoga wine estate with family at its core.  Since our founding in 1996 members of the Jones family have managed every aspect of the business operations.  Founder Rick Jones co-manages the Estate with his daughters Stephanie Jones Bailey and Heather Jones Melvin.  Each grandchild carries the responsibility of checking the vineyards as they hike and play on the Calistoga property.  Ensuring the well being of the Napa Valley and all its residents is a strong value of the Jones Family as well.  Rick and his wife Elaine Jones support and serve on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations that ensure access to education, health and well being for all Napa Valley community members.

Thomas Rivers Brown

Thomas Rivers Brown is one of the most exciting young talents in Napa Valley. Born in Sumter, South Carolina, Thomas developed an interest in wine while at the University of Virginia.  Later he expanded his knowledge of wines from all the world's great regions while working at All Seasons Wine Shop in Calistoga.  Beginning at Turley Estate in the late 1990s, and continuing today at Schrader, Maybach Cellars and others, he crafts beautiful wines that speak of the land and conditions that created them.  When asked how he defines great wine, Thomas responds, "I can't really define it, but I know it when I taste it."  2007 was Thomas's first vintage with Jones Family Vineyards. Each year he continues to improve the quality of our wines by working closely with the vineyard team and using small lot fermentation and blending.

Jim Barbour
Vineyard Manager

Jim Barbour was raised on his family’s ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of farming, developed a passion for land, and gained the understanding that hard work breeds success. 

After graduating from the University of California-Davis, Jim returned to Napa Valley to begin a career that would lead him to become one of Napa Valley’s most sought-after viticulturists.  For nearly 40 years, he has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods.  He and the team at Barbour Vineyards farm Jones Family Vineyards in an exacting manner and with the goal to maintain long-term sustainability.

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Experience our wines in Calistoga

Jones Family Vineyards wines may be tasted by appointment at Sundance Ranch, our winemaking home, where we handcraft each vintage. Please contact Stephanie Bailey or phone the office at (707) 942-0467 to arrange an appointment time.  

Appointments are approximately one hour, and include all current release wines. The Tasting Fee is $45.

Sundance Ranch
1251 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515