Cliff Lede Vineyards was established in 2002 when Canadian born Bordeaux enthusiast, Cliff Lede, acquired a sixty acre estate in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. With a focus on producing wines from estate vineyards, Lede tapped David Abreu, considered the best viticulturist in Napa Valley, to replant the vineyards. Lede decided to name each vineyard block after some of his favorite rock songs and albums—from “My Generation” to “Dark Side of the Moon,” creating what is known today as the Cliff Lede Vineyards “Rock Blocks.” In 2005, a state of the art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system was etched into a hillside overlooking the estate vineyards. Not only did Cliff create a beautiful property, he also assembled an unrivalled team that shares his passion for quality. Today, Winemaker Christopher Tynan crafts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with the flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the steep eastern hillside portion of the estate. In 2015, Cliff Lede Vineyards achieved both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification.
In 2005, Cliff opened the luxurious five-room Poetry Inn,
the only accommodations in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. Designed by world-renowned architect Howard Backen, Poetry Inn is perched on the same hillside as the Poetry Vineyard, above the Silverado Trail overlooking the valley floor. Beyond its private, gated drive, Poetry Inn is run like a private villa, mixing elegance with subtlety. Each room features sweeping valley views, a wood-burning fireplace, a private balcony, and both indoor and outdoor showers.
A love for creating and building things led Cliff to purchase a small winery in the Anderson Valley in 2009.
Breggo Cellars was renamed FEL Wines as an homage to Cliff’s mother Florence Elsie Lede, who dabbled in home winemaking. Two years later, Cliff acquired the Savoy Vineyard, a benchmark vineyard for Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition to the Savoy bottlings, FEL Winemaker Ryan Hodgins crafts Anderson Valley appellation Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, and a collection of vineyard designate Pinot Noirs from select vineyards within the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast.
The winemaking philosophy at Lede Family Wines has always been one of minimal intervention that allows the wines to demonstrate a sense of place. Cliff Lede Vineyards, Poetry, and FEL Wines form a complementary portfolio of wines that are consistently exceptional in quality and true to their source and vintage. Both Cliff Lede and FEL wines can be tasted at Cliff Lede Vineyards tasting room at 1473 Yountville Cross Road.
Visitors will find one of Napa Valley’s most modern and diversified estates.
The property offers a complete Napa Valley lifestyle experience with a classic rock edge, where the best in wine, music, art, architecture, and nature intersect.
A Lede Family Wines History
Cliff Lede purchases sixty acres and a winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, renaming the estate Cliff Lede Vineyards.
The new Backen Gillam-designed tasting room, a renovated 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow, opens for wine tasting.
Famed viticulturist David Abreu begins replanting the estate vineyards.
The new state of the art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system is completed just in time to receive the 2005 harvest.
Designed by world-renowned architect Howard Backen, the luxurious five-room Poetry Inn opens to guests, offering valley-wide views from its perch above the hillside Poetry Vineyard.
Cliff Lede purchases Breggo Cellars, a small winery in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, expanding his portfolio to include cooler climate varieties.
Cliff acquires the Savoy Vineyard, a benchmark vineyard for Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Following the rebrand of Breggo Cellars to FEL Wines in honor of Cliff’s mother, Florence Elsie Lede, the first releases from FEL are the 2012 FEL Pinot Noir Anderson Valley and the 2012 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley.
The “Lede Family Wines” name is created to tie together the sister brands, showing the relationship between their complementary portfolios and the shared commitment to quality as part of a family-owned winery.
Cliff Lede Vineyards’ Stags Leap District estate achieves both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification.