Tamber Bey Vineyards
Napa Valley AVA
Tamber Bey Vineyards is framed by stunning views of the Palisades and Mount St. Helena, while horses graze in the fields.
One of Napa Valley’s most unique winery experiences, Tamber Bey Vineyards is located within Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, one of the largest horse ranches in the Valley. This destination combines Barry and Jennifer Waitte’s passion for wine and horses in a spectacular equestrian setting unlike any other in the region. Nestled at the northern end of Napa Valley, Tamber Bey Vineyards is framed by stunning views of the Palisades and Mount St. Helena, while horses graze in the fields and visitors taste award-winning wines in the garden courtyard of the barn.
Barry Waitte is a Northern California native who developed his love for Napa Valley during annual summer visits with his parents. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Barry earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and completed continued education studies in viticulture and enology at UC Davis. He decided to enter the wine business in 1999 and purchased two properties in Napa Valley - a 60 acre vineyard in Yountville and an 11-acre property in the renowned Oakville region. It was just the beginning of Tamber Bey Vineyards.
Barry and Jennifer Waitte immediately planted 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on their Oakville property, which became known as Oakville Estate Vineyard. The Yountville vineyard was initially named Two Rivers Vineyard, but Barry later changed the name to Deux Chevaux Vineyard to pay homage to Tamber Bey’s namesake - his first two Arabian horses, Tamborina and Bayamo. ‘Deux Chevaux’ is French for two horses.
The Waittes hired legendary founding winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown in 2000, and in 2003 they released their inaugural Tamber Bey Vineyards wines - a Chardonnay, Merlot, and a Cabernet Sauvignon-based Red Blend. All of the Tamber Bey wines are estate grown at either the Oakville Estate Vineyard or Deux Chevaux Vineyard in Yountville, or made from grapes carefully sourced from select vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties. Today, winemaking operations are overseen by Calistoga native Derek Flegal.
Barry and Jennifer Waitte purchased the 22-acre Sundance Ranch facility in 2012 and went to work converting a covered riding area into a pristine 60,000 gallon winemaking facility. The property is also home to the Tamber Bey Vineyards Tasting Room, a 16-stall barn that surrounds the garden courtyard, and more than 20 horses, including performance Arabians, retirees, rescues, and miniatures.
Since the beginning, the Waittes have been dedicated to crafting the best wines possible each vintage, and their wines have garnered several prestigious honors over the years. It is with great pride that we present their latest achievement to our Gold Plus! members. We hope you will enjoy it!