Abreu Vineyards

Abreu Vineyards
Abreu Vineyards
Abreu vineyards logo.png
Location St. Helena, CA, USA
Appellation Rutherford AVA
Founded 1980
Key people David Abreu, viticulturist
Brad Grimes, winemaker
Known for Madrona Ranch cabernet
Varietal cabernet sauvignon
Other product olive oil
Website www.abreuvineyards.com

Abreu Vineyards is a cult winery in Napa Valley, California founded by the viticulturist David Abreu.



David Abreu, a third-generation rancher from St. Helena, California and graduate of the Viticulture and Enology program at UC Davis, founded Abreu Vineyards in 1980 after working briefly at Caymus Vineyards. That year he formed David Abreu Vineyard Management, working with pioneering winemaker Richard Forman to manage ranching operations at Inglenook Winery.

Abreu and Forman became friends and traveled frequently to Bordeaux, where they observed French winemaking operations. They brought back French rootstock, trellis designs, and Bordelais planting and farming techniques.[1]

Abreu's fame spread as other wineries hired Abreu's company to plant and manage ranching operations. By 1999 he was considered the premier viticulturist for premium grapes in Napa Valley.[2] Abreu's company has raised grapes for some of the most respected wineries in Napa Valley including Blankiet Estate, Staglin Family Vineyards, Jones Family Vineyards, Bressler Vineyards, Colgin Cellars, Pahlmeyer Vineyard, Sloan Estate, Bryant Family Vineyard, Fisher Vineyards, Oakford Vineyards, Araujo Estate Wines, Grace Family Vineyard, Viader Vineyards, and Harlan Estate, among others.

Label of Abreu 1993 Cabernet blend

In the late 1990s Abreu and Forman jointly purchased and planted the 20-acre (8.1 ha) Thorevilos Vineyard. They released Abreu's first cabernet from that vineyard in 2000.[3]

In 2006 Abreu was hired to replant vineyards at Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards.[4]


Abreu's label concentrates exclusively on estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon blends from his two vineyards. Distribution is extremely limited, although a number of online wine sellers do advertise Abreu wines at $100 to $600 or more per bottle. The 1999 production was 500 cases (450.000 hL; 1,188.774 U.S. gal).

In 1998 wine critic Robert Parker included Abreu in his list of the "most influential wine personalities of the last 20 years".[5] Parker awarded the 1997 Madrona Ranch cabernet a 100-point score, one of only 140 wines in the world to receive the honor.[6]

In the "Judgment of Sauternes" of October, 2006, the 1995 vintage Cabernet blend was judged the winner among Cabernet-Merlot blends from Bordeaux and California, 16 each, in a blind tasting arranged by the Grand Jury Européen.[7]


  1. ^ Forman, Richard (2000). Launching Bordeaux-Style Wines in the Napa Valley:. University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. pp. 106–109. http://content.cdlib.org/dynaxml/servlet/dynaXML?docId=kt0p30013f&doc.view=entire_text. 
  2. ^ Forman, 2000, p. 37
  3. ^ Foreman, 2000, pp. 124-125
  4. ^ Murphy, Linda, San Francisco Chronicle (2006-08-03). "Worth its weight in gold? Why some people happily pay $500 for a bottle of wine". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/03/WIGVHK6MGT1.DTL. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  5. ^ Parker, Robert, The Wine Advocate (1998-12-23). "The most influential wine personalities of the last 20 years". The Wine Advocate. 
  6. ^ Wine-Searcher (May, 2005). "Robert Parker's 100 Point Wines". Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20061115212939/http://www.wine-searcher.com/bodega33in.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  7. ^ Anson, Jane, Decanter.com (2006-10-24). "California in pole position yet again". http://www.decanter.com/news/98490.html. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 

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