Our wines reflect our land, embodying the specific characteristics that define our estate. As unique as a fingerprint, our terroir is essential to the tradition we honor.
Our Estate Vineyard
Co-founded in 1977 by the father-son duo of Ray Sr. and Ray Jr., Signorello Estate represents French style wines with finesse, created from 100% estate grown Napa Valley fruit.
In 1977, Ray Signorello Sr. purchased 100 acres of prime Napa Valley land, his first step in creating Signorello Estate with his son, Ray Jr. After spending the first few years of operation solely as growers, Ray Signorello Jr. and his father, Ray Signorello Sr., embraced the winemaking potential of their vineyard and began to produce 100% estate grown vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Bordeaux-style white blends in 1985. Cultivating a more Old World approach to winemaking, thanks in no small part to French winemaker Pierre Birebent’s stewardship of both the vines and the cellar, Signorello quickly became known for food friendly wines that benefited from low yield production and a delicate, natural approach both in the winery and the barrel room.
Signorello Estate, nestled in the southeastern corner of the Napa Valley alongside the famed Silverado Trail, is comprised of forty two planted acres (17 ha). The estate has been home to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier.
Varying in slope from gentle to steep, our vineyard site is 100% hillside, composed of well-drained volcanic rocks and soil.
We carefully spaced our vines to ensure optimal growing conditions, incorporating vertical trellising and strategic shoot positioning that work in concert with our unique, cool micro-climates.
Pierre Birebent, Winemaker A sixth-generation French winemaker, Pierre Birebent relishes his dual roles as Signorello Estate’s winemaker and vineyard manager, an arrangement that allows him to guarantee the wines’ quality and character.
Growing up in the highlands of Corsica, France, Pierre spent his summer vacations working in the fields of his family’s vineyard. In 1985, after receiving his viticulture and enology degree in Macon, Burgundy, he traveled to Napa for harvest—and never left. He managed various vineyards over the next decade until, one day in 1997, he was alerted to an opening at Signorello Estate. Pierre met with Ray Signorello Jr. and was hired the following day. More than twenty years later, Pierre is still walking Signorello Estate’s vineyard rows and overseeing its cellar, where he creates food-friendly, Old World-style wines sought for their finesse.
"We coax exceptional fruit from our vines, harvest it when perfectly ripe, and sort it by hand." Ray Signorello
We deliberately limit yield to emphasize elegance and breeding. Our first vines, planted in 1980, are now shedding their youthful exuberance for more subtlety, nuance and sophistication. These older vines require more delicate care, which is why our team oversees every aspect of the farming process; we do not outsource our vineyard management.
Our fruit is hand-picked and hand-sorted. Our wines are fermented with native yeasts and bottled without fining or filtration. Our total production is less than 6,000 cases annually, and often significantly less.
Our wines will always personify the soil beneath our feet. They are the living embodiment of our land. The seasons will change, the climate might change, and even the winemakers must someday change, but the land is constant. Signorello Estate wines will always express this very special place.
"Winemaking isn't just what we do. It's who we are. And it shows in our wines." Ray Signorello