Every winery has a story. Some are more interesting than others. This is one of our favorites.
Travis Vale's strong connection to agriculture, vineyards, and the local wine industry was developed growing up in Forestville, California, along the Sonoma Coast. When his employer sold the apple orchard where Travis worked to a vineyard development company, he was intrigued. Travis introduced himself to the winemaker, who hired him to work his first harvest in 1998.
After three harvests, Travis traveled to Marlborough and ventured on a tour of New Zealand. That's when he met Catherine. The daughter of a master brewer, Catherine was born and raised in London. She was finishing up a tour of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The tour bus they shared was aptly named The Kiwi Experience. That chance meeting far from their homes was a turning point in their lives. Immediately drawn to each other, the two married in 2004 and moved to Napa.
When deciding to name their new wine brand, Experience Wines seemed a perfect fit. Their mutual dream of creating their own winery materialized in 2009 with Experience's first vintage.
Our selection is as lovely as the story. It's a full-throttle Cabernet bursting with cassis, plum, earth and tobacco flavors, backed with medium tannins that turn into a beautiful, celestial ending.