The original Priest Ranch estate was established in 1869 by James Joshua Priest, a Gold Rush prospector. In 2004, Priest Ranch purchased this historic, 660 acre property and combined it with a 955 acre estate in Elder Valley – together creating our current Somerston Estate which is located high on the eastern hill of the Vaca Mountains above St. Helena.
Priest Ranch embodies the essence of Napa Valley, from the trailblazing mindset of its first pioneers to today's spirit of agricultural excellence and preservation. Inspired by James Joshua Priest, one of the original settlers in the area, Priest Ranch is dedicated to producing estate farmed wines of uncommon quality and character.
Winemaker & Co-founder Craig Becker draws on the diverse vineyards throughout Priest Ranch's property for the distinctive and unique characteristics afforded in its fruit through the variety of elevations, exposures, soils, and microclimates.