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It began on back country roads and among the vines. The Beckstoffer family arrived in the Napa Valley in 1975 and the young son of a future pioneer spent his days in the vineyards throughout every growing season, cultivating deep roots.

Brought up to respect the land and its fruit, Tuck naturally sought out the practice of viticulture, learning from the masters around him. Much like his father before him, he is a farmer first. It was only after he mastered the art of first craft that he turned his attention to a second craft—winemaking. Over three decades after he first set foot in the valley, Tuck bottled his first wine. For him, it was not a whim or passion project, but the culmination of a life lived on the land, among the vines.   

Today, Tuck is one of the few Napa stewards who is both a grower and a winemaker. It is this pedigree that makes his approach different: the process begins with the land itself and culminates with a reverence for the winemaking traditions of the past—sharing successes and failures among fellow craftsmen and appreciating the fruits of their labor over a beautiful bottle of wine.

The St. Helena estate opened in 2016, offering intimate tours and private tastings as a way to share this passion—connecting visitors to the land and sharing the knowledge of how the art of grape growing translates into every bottle. Since day one, the Estate was designed to exude a sense of genuine care and generosity of time and spirit.

As the story continues the unfold, Tuck is raising the next generation in the same way that he raised—as stewards among the vines. He invites you to share in this journey and join us at the estate.

“As farmers we believe that a wines individuality comes from the vineyard and its complexity from blending various vineyards into one harmonized whole that truly reflects our Napa Valley home.”

Tuck Beckstoffer

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Philosophy
Philosophy
Philosophy

You could say that my love for farming was innate, or at least came by way of relentless practice. I grew up with hands in the Napa soil, boots among the vines, and I often worked side by side with the vineyard crews—the vines coming into maturity as I did. It was a youth spent exploring the land, slowly uncovering its rich history, and developing a deep reverence for it.   

This reverence led to a career of seeking out the land. Trained to recognize its inherent value and potential, I took pride in cultivating vineyards that would produce grapes and specific varietals that could tell the story of this place—at once the valley of my youth, and also the valley that I hope to hand over to the next generation of growers. 

Perhaps it’s only natural that a love affair with a grape-growing land will lead to an affair with the art of winemaking. It remains one of the only artforms that allows you to express on the palate—an emotional country—everything that you love about the land and your work within it; each sip an indelible memory. And this has been the case since the first bottle I produced in 1997.  

With a deep respect for everything that came before me, I continue to farm and practice winemaking as a way to pursue excellence on all levels and create an experience worth having, consuming, and remembering. It’s this quest that keeps us thoughtfully moving the industry forward, carefully refining the process over time and searching for ways to demonstrate the very best of what this valley can be.

When I look back toward my youth and ahead toward the future, I see the same valley and the same dream, now realized: to live on the land and carefully tend to it—the land yielding ripe fruit and that fruit telling a story of this time and this place. And then, at the end of a long day, to put that story to your lips, consume it, and gratefully share it with others.