We work hard to source the best quality grapes from around Napa Valley because we believe in simplicity: great grapes make great wines.
Wilson & Wilson is a single varietal production, with Cabernet Sauvignon as our grape of choice. Winemaker Alan Viader has an intimate knowledge of our vineyards, often walking the rows of vines, checking the canopies, monitoring soil composition, water usage, all to ensure we make the best decisions possible for our grapes.
In 2012 we sourced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Wycoff Ranch in Calistoga, CA. These grapes lend bright and fresh red fruit character and a superb zippy acidity, giving the wine a vibrant mouthfeel. We also sourced grapes from The Boodeaux Vineyard up in the back hills of St. Helena and a special, small lot in the Oakville AVA. The Boodeaux Vineyard fruit was a small yield, giving us about one ton per acre of intensely concentrated fruit, deep black showing elegant brown spice flavors. Grapes from the Oakville plot lend nice ripe fruit and tannic structure, and are the backbone for the 2012 Wilson & Wilson vintage.
In 2011 the entirety of our grapes were sourced from Diamond Mountain. Though the growing season presented some obstacles, the terraced vineyard provided great sunlight through the harvest and we made sure to trim the canopy to help increase air ventilation through the vines to help combat the affects of mold and the moisture that occurred around Napa, late in the growing season. The wine gives off sumptuous hints of mocha, red fruit character and brown spice, with softer tannins and more finesse than is typical of overly complicated, tannic Napa Cabs.
Ted Wilson II
Ted has spent his entire professional life in the wine business. His career path began in vineyards and cellars in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY, which then careened him up the ladder to working as a Sales Rep for a NYC-based distributor and later becoming the Senior V.P. and Director of Operations for that distributor. During his time as the Operations Director, Ted oversaw the production of an “in-house” brand that he helped grow to over 2,000 cases annually and increased distribution across multiple states. His varied wine industry background, from the winemaking process to executive positions, was driven by his ultimate goal: to launch a brand and apply all his skills and past experiences into a label he could call his own. That dream has been realized with the launch of Wilson & Wilson, a family endeavor, driven by a shared family passion to celebrate great wine, great food and the growth of a community of friends.
Born in Argentina and raised in the Napa Valley, Alan has been exposed to every aspect of the wine business, including visiting his first French cooperage and oak forest at the age of 12. Being the son of a winemaker led to his early education in wine tasting and wine evaluation, which sparked his respect for terroir-driven wines and the many diverse viticultural practices seen all around the world. In 2002, Alan was offered the opportunity to manage the vineyards at VIADER. From there, he continued to push the envelope and adopted organic and biodynamic viticultural practices while working with enologist Michel Rolland in hopes of improving his family’s property. Alan’s philosophy and approach to viticulture is simply, “the wine is made in the vineyard”.
He has worked under many expert winemakers throughout his lifetime starting with Tony Soter alongside his mother Delia helping in the winery at the age of 9 years old. In 2006, Alan started dedicating his time to both vineyard management and winemaking, as the Director of Operations, responsible for the 2005 wines at VIADER. Alan is married to wife, Mariela, a trained Chef that also owns her own chocolate company. Alan and Mariela have two young boys, Matthew and Jonathan and happily live in the Napa Valley among the vines overlooking the Stags Leap district.
Ted and Valerie Wilson
The Wilson family has a rich history as ranchers and restaurateurs. Ted Wilson Sr. has been involved in the agricultural and food industries since he was 16 years old, when his interest was piqued while exploring and experiencing farm-to-table concepts and processes. Eventually, Ted Sr. would open and own two restaurants outside of Kansas City, and it was during his time as a restaurateur that his passion for wine started developing. In a small town in the Midwest, his passions and curiosity could only take him so far, and the continuation and exploration of his excitement for great wine inspired him to build a family business with his son: Wilson & Wilson.
Valerie Wilson, married to Ted Sr., is a successful entrepreneur who managed multiple Montessori centers, where she learned to market to a local community and build and foster business networks. She is thrilled to turn her marketing prowess to the advancement of her family’s business. Valerie’s grass roots approach to marketing through community building is the solid foundation on which Wilson & Wilson sets its goals.
We believe that great grapes make great wine, and that a great wine finds harmony in its balance, elegance and refinement of character. We’re inspired by the “Old Napa” Valley of the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, when pioneer winemakers made Cabernet Sauvignon wines that were true to the varietal characteristics of the grape, and where intervention in the fields and winemaking process was kept to a minimum. Producers of those decades looked to the “Old World” style wines of Bordeaux for inspiration. For us, the wines of “Old Napa” have set a new benchmark and Wilson & Wilson aims to recapture and revive the styles of those pioneer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producers.
Balance is key to crafting a wine to share with friends and family around a meal where the food and drink are in harmony, elevating the occasion.
Elegance is reflected in wine when the true varietal characteristics of a grape shine and excite the senses, raise eyebrows, pointing all at once to something familiar and intriguing.
Refinement showcases subtle decisions made in the vineyards and in the winery. With minimal intervention and careful observation, we hope to reflect the language of our vineyards—a language of true varietal expression brought forth and exhibited in every bottle of Wilson & Wilson.