Brown Estate is a family owned and operated private estate winery tucked into the hills east of Rutherford in the Chiles Valley district of the Napa Valley. In 2015 we celebrated our 35th year in the Valley and our twentieth crush.

The scarab beetle we have adopted as part of our visual branding is an ancient Egyptian agricultural totem, a symbol of good luck and long life that in various iterations has graced our wine labels through the years. The watermark version displayed below is the de facto logo for our Brown Downtown Napa tasting room {click it for an alt version}. We find it an apt metaphor for Brown Estate, its overall form a relatively streamlined picture of calm whose intricate timeworn carvings tell tales that require a deeper level of engagement to tease out. The business of operating an estate winery, making our wines from grapes we grow on our own land, relies heavily upon forces beyond our control. Mother Nature is a brilliant but fickle business partner, and our increasingly burdened planet a delicate resource from which we derive our livelihood. As we move through Brown Estate’s third decade, these immutable realities continue to demand and inspire our passion, humility, and gratitude. Thank you for looking in on us and please stay in touch.

Between 1985 and 1990 we planted a total of fifty acres of vineyards that include zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay. We began making wine under the Brown Estate label in 1996.

In the meantime our business has grown slowly but surely as our brand has gained increasingly broad exposure to an extraordinarily diverse audience thanks to word of mouth IRL and on social media. To make our wines and hospitality experience more accessible, in April 2017 we opened our Brown Downtown tasting room on the re-emerging First Street corridor in the heart of downtown Napa (currently shuttered due to pandemic).

We appreciate your interest in our labor of love; if you have’nt already done so please join our mailing list via link at top right (and find us on Instagram) so we can keep in touch.

How we know we’re the coolest winery in the Napa Valley: We have the coolest customers on the planet.

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