“Quality and sustainability have been Cakebread cornerstones since our first vintage in 1973. We’re a family winery, and we want to protect the land for future generations.”
Bruce Cakebread – Co-owner, Cakebread Cellars
The story begins with a piece of land, a family passionate about wine, and a community of friends and partners who helped bring Cakebread Cellars to life. Since founding the winery in 1973, the wines reflect the personalities of the estate vineyards as well as the spirit of the entire team.
For nearly 50 years, Cakebread Cellars has been crafting exceptional quality wines and hosting guests in the heart of Napa Valley. Beginning with a 22-acre parcel of land in Rutherford that Jack Cakebread first secured with his $2,500 photography commission, over the years the family’s estate vineyard collection throughout Napa Valley and Anderson Valley increased, totalling 16 vineyards or 1,600 acres, approximately 600 of which are planted to vine. Representing an array of cooler and warmer sites along both the valley floor and steep hillsides, each site lends a distinct personality to the wines, giving greater diversity, complexity and unparalleled quality.
Cakebread Cellars embraces environmental responsibility with green practices that range from sustainable and organic farming and diligent water/energy conservation, to extensive recycling operations (nearly 90% of winery-generated waste). They have proudly been early industry leaders in these efforts. In fact, Cakebread Cellars was only the second California winery to achieve the Napa Green certification; also certified as Fish Friendly and participate in the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program. In 2021, Cakebread Cellars became an applicant to the IWCA (International Wineries for Climate Action).
“Every decision we make in the vineyard and cellar stems from our mission to craft remarkable Napa Valley and Anderson Valley wines, bringing pleasure and comfort to every table that’s host to a good life.”