Nestled in Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Fantesca Estate & Winery is a distinguished icon of refined viticulture with a rich history extending back to the 19th century. In 2004, the estate entered a new era when Susan and Duane Hoff, with their robust passion for wine and deep industry knowledge, left their corporate lives behind and took the reins as proprietors.
In the whirlwind of transforming Best Buy into a Fortune 100 powerhouse, Susan and Duane found solace in quiet evenings, bonding over shared glasses of wine. This intimate ritual ignited their passion for viticulture and inspired a mutual dream — to create a family-run business centered around community and the convivial spirit of wine. Committed to crafting rare, exceptional wines, they foster an environment that offers unforgettable experiences to members and guests.
To realize this vision, the Hoffs assembled a team of the wine world's most talented figures, including winemakers Heidi Barrett and Tony Arcudi, and Director DLynn Proctor. Their expertise has brought forth a celebrated collection of wines — each bottle a testament to the team's commitment to quality, sustainability, and tradition.
The Fantesca experience extends beyond the bottle. It includes access to immersive events that capture the essence of winemaking and foster a sense of community. At Fantesca Estate & Winery, every bottle uncorks the spirit of Napa Valley. It's a place where history, passion, and community converge to create a legacy that epitomizes dedication, craftsmanship, and a profound love for crafting exceptional wines.
Fantesca's vineyard is part of Caroline Bale's dowry of 300+ acres Charles Krug received upon their marriage in 1860. He used that same land to build Napa Valley's first winery. In 1889, the first recognized female winemaker in California, Hannah Weinberger, won one of the first awards for a wine for a Cabernet Sauvignon she produced using fruit from the vineyard.
According to legend, our 280-foot cave in spring mountain was originally a silver mine. The abandoned silver mine was transformed into a cave to house our wines in a cool environment as they age and a full-scale winery was built.
Susan and Duane purchase the 53-acre parcel with a 10-acre vineyard. They immediately invested in the land by prioritizing sustainable and organic farming practices with the help of vineyard manager, Jim Barbour. To this day, we are firmly rooted in our CCOF status. We preserve biodiversity, ensure ecological balance, employ natural pest management, and sustain soil integrity.