Follow Napa Highway 29 North to St. Helena and turn right onto Ehlers Lane. Follow Ehlers Lane to the old stone winery and discover Ehlers Estate, Napa’s hidden gem. Off the beaten path, the drive into Ehlers is scenic and charming. A historic winery that was originally founded in the late 1800s by a German immigrant, Bernard Ehlers. Here he planted 10 acres of vines and olive trees, many of the trees still line the landscape of the winery today. Bernard first constructed a stone barn that is now the winery building.
Nearly 100 years later, French wine lovers and philanthropist Jean and Sylviane Leducq purchased the winery and slowly began expansion. Over the decades the winery grew to an expansive 42 acres. When Jean and Sylviane passed, Ehlers Estate became a part of the Leducq Foundation. Today all sales of Ehlers wines help fund cardiovascular research initiatives.
Ehlers Estate – Certified Organic
Ehlers Estate is a certified organic winery that is rich in biodiversity with trees, flowers, birds, and wildlife. Their wines come from their contiguous 42 acres and they only produce estate-grown wines. When I visited Ehlers I was intrigued by their vineyard management program. In front of the tasting room you will notice license plates on each row of vines. Here at Ehlers, the employees each manage vines of their own, so that everyone who works at the winery has an understanding of vineyard management and viticulture.
Ehlers Estate Spring Release
Spring is here, temperatures are rising, and the sun shining bright. It is the season for a transition from full-bodied reds to more crisp lighter white wines and rosé. Ehlers Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are the perfect spring wines. Whether you are planning a virtual happy hour with friends, lunch by the pool, or pairing a wine over a seasonal spring salad, be sure to open one of these new spring releases from Ehlers Estate.
This 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and enticing with complex flavors and aromas. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks until bone dry and racked into stainless steel drums where it aged 6 months sur-lie with a weekly bâtonnage. The lees stirring gives the wine a big mouthfeel with its zesty acidity and rich flavors. The palate bursts with orange blossom, lemon zest, and juicy citrus flavors. Ehlers Sauvignon Blanc is soft and elegant with nice mineral notes. Pair it with creamy cheeses, crab cakes, grilled fish, or pesto pasta.
Many winemakers make rosé as an afterthought, not Ehlers. They call this elegant rosé, Sylviane in honor of their elegant founder, Madame Sylviane Leducq. This is a real special rosé wine made with great attention dedication and care. The juice of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc lots are fermented in stainless steel drums and once-used barrels. The fermentation went very slowly and the used oak allowed for the development of a beautiful creamy texture in the wines. A gorgeous bubblegum pink hue sparkles in the glass. There are aromas of raspberries, roses, and peach. It is wonderfully crisp and bright, perfectly refreshing for a hot day. Pair this wine with grilled spring vegetables, paella, niçoise salad, Spanish jamon, and juicy lamb burgers.