Keever Vineyards are located in the hills close to the Yountville Veterans home, just south and west of the town of Yountville. All tastings are private for your group only and are held in their tasting room within the winery which is designed to feel like an extension of their home. It is a very personal tasting experience always held with one of the members of the Keever Family. Bill Keever is a graduate of Napa High School but spent most of his working years abroad. With retirement age setting in they were looking for something to occupy their time. Both Bill and his wife Olga have always enjoyed wine and living in Europe not far from famous wine regions, certainly did not temper their desires! They moved to the Napa Valley planted vineyards and then constructed their modern winery which was finished in 2006.
Today their two children are involved in the day to day operations with Jason Keever handling much of the cellar duties. After your initial tasting, you will take a quick tour of the actual winery equipment; this is interesting because you get to see up close some equipment that you normally will not see on general winery tours and a lot of of it is state of the art machinery. A great deal of thought went into the design of the actual fermentation room and it shows. Tours also enter their cave – you might be shown some neat acoustic cave tricks (by Olga) and then you will end the tasting in the main room with their Cabernet Sauvignon.
All of their wine has been made from day one by the well-known Napa winemaker, Celia Welch who also produces her own small label here called Corra. Celia focuses her consulting efforts typically on single vineyard high end wineries. Keever produces one high end Cabernet Sauvignon which is often only sold at the winery due to the limited availability after it ships to their mailing list customers. This what you expect of a beautiful Napa Cabernet when everything comes together from the vineyards to the winemaking. It is smooth, velvety and a pleasure to drink. They also have a Chardonnay and recently sourced fruit from Pope Valley for their Sauvignon Blanc. Note that only specific amounts of wine are released through their website (not their entire production). Because of this wineries location, on a clear day you will have excellent views of the Napa Valley and the Palisades which rise behind the famous Stag’s Leap district in the distance. Be sure to get directions and the gate code ahead of time as they are located in a gated neighborhood. Keever also has a mailing list. Visit: www.keevervineyards.com