The Tesseron family, owners of Chateau Pontet-Canet and Tesseron Cognac, acquired Villa Sorriso in January 2016 and created the "Tesseron Estate". Within this magnificent property of over 600 acres, 18,5 acres of vines were planted in 1990 over very steep hills.
Since the beginning of this adventure, the vineyard has been entirely converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture (Demeter-USA). Irrigation has been abandoned. The philosophy is much the same as at Château Pontet-Canet but adapted to the local conditions, of course.
The Tesseron’s have entrusted the responsability of the vineyard to the young, Thomas Comme, who works in tight collaboration with his father, Jean-Michel Comme, the Régisseur of Pontet-Canet.
The vines are situated in the heart of the Mount Veeder Appellation in Napa Valley and are now at a perfect age to make a great wine. The average altitude is of 500m (1500 feet), allowing a certain freshness in the vines and giving balance in the wines. Until now, all grapes harvested had been sold to different wineries of "Napa Valley".
From 2016, the vinification will be carried out by the usual team to further our meticulous way of working from vineyard to wine glass expressing the magnificicent terroir of this estate.
Grape varieties of the vineyard :
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc