Napa Valley AVA
An explosive talent who has made some of California's most acclaimed wines from some of the state's most notable vineyards
Founded in 2009 By Julie and Justin Arbuckle, Anthem Winery is nestled within the Mount Veeder AVA of Napa Valley. This one-of-a-kind appellation, with the highest elevations in the Valley (up to 2,400 feet), has one of the most extreme and rugged growing conditions with steep, winding slopes that demand nearly all vineyard work to be done by hand. The result? Extraordinary wines with pronounced depth, complexity and intensity. It is for this reason that Julie and Justin Arbuckle zeroed-in on Mount Veeder when they began their search for a home and vineyard in the world-renowned wine growing region of Napa Valley.
The Arbuckles met back in 1990 while attending UC Berkeley. When they first visited Napa Valley in 1996, it was love at first sight. They were captivated with the natural beauty of the land and vineyards, and all of the amazing experiences, food, and wine the Valley had to offer. It was clear this place would be very special to them. After Julie and Justin were married in 1999, they opted to honeymoon in Napa Valley, staying at the beautiful Silverado Resort and Auberge du Soleil. By 2005, they were spending so much time in Napa that they decided to search for a permanent home there while expecting their first child. The couple was especially drawn to Mount Veeder, with its ability to produce some of the best wines they had ever tasted, so it was here that they purchased some land and began the groundwork of starting Anthem Winery.
The Mount Veeder property already had a small Merlot vineyard on site, but the Arbuckles got to work planting additional acreage to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Today, this six-acre estate vineyard is 'Napa Green' certified, which shows the Arbuckles' commitment to sustainability and protecting the land, its natural beauty, and valuable resources. In addition to crafting wines from their estate vineyard, Julie and Justin also source fruit from a couple of reputable sites nearby - Carsi Ranch and Beckstoffer Las Piedras. It is their hope to build a Napa Green winery and tasting room adjacent to their Mount Veeder vineyards in the near future.
Winemaker for Anthem Winery is Jeff Ames, an explosive talent who has made some of California's most acclaimed wines from some of the state's most notable vineyards. He shares the Arbuckles' guiding principle of working for only the highest quality from vine to bottle, and together, they have put Anthem Winery on the map with the top producers in the Valley. We hope our Diamond Plus! Wine Club members enjoy this wonderful wine from Anthem Winery. Cheers!