Wine

“I BELIEVE a wine should tell the story of the soil and represent what the land has to offer.”

Understanding the vineyard and its potential is a continually evolving process. With each year, I become more inspired by the ability of the land of Gandona. ~ Philippe Melka, Winemaker

Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon

More than our flagship Cabernet, it is the spirit of the estate personified. Named in memory of my grandfather, Gandona, which translates to “humble man,” Gandona always consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest and steepest blocks on the property, which consistently articulate the most profound and striking expression of our terrior, both emphatic and eloquent, like Gandona.

2013 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

Production: 300 Cases


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Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon

Meaning “hillside” in Portuguese, Encosta is the beginning. This Cabernet was originally created to showcase the youthful vibrancy of the vines planted by our team when the property was first acquired. With time, however, Encosta has become less about younger vines and more about showcasing the various expressions of our highly dynamic vineyard characteristics.

Napa Valley

Production: 400 Cases


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Fraga do Arco Gandona Estate

Fraga do Arco is an extremely unique wine for the Napa Valley and one of particular significance to me. Produced with 100% Touriga Nacional, this wine is made down to the finest detail of the exact specifications of a “Vintage” port. The dream of producing a wine like we did on my grandfather’s quinta was one that has stuck with me since I was a child; Fraga do Arco is the realization of that bridge between my youth in Portugal and my current life as a vintner in California—this is my opportunity to share a piece of that dream with you.

2010 Gandona Estate "Fraga do Arco"

Napa Valley

Production: 2 Barrels


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Meia Cabernet Franc

Situated in the heart of the estate—Meia, Portuguese for “middle”, encompasses the best of both the steep slope of the terraces Gandona is known for, and the perpendicular row orientation of the less extreme avenue blocks — characteristics that are directly reflected in the style of the wine produced from the block. Historically used to add complexity and depth to Encosta, the exceptional success of the Cabernet Franc in the “meia” of the estate in 2014 compelled us to bottle a limited quantity of it, an event only to be repeated when the vintage allows it.

2014 Meia

Napa Valley

Production: 3 Barrels


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