“It could be because of the chemistry of the team, the amazing site or something else. What I do know is from Ed and Deb Fitts the owners, Josh the vineyard manager, Juan Carlos the architect; they all are dedicated to work really hard for excellence. So, with my general philosophy of letting the grapes shine throughout our wines, plus having integrity, respect, friendship, gentle winemaking using gravity and lots of fun…”
-Philippe Melka, Winemaker
With a background in paper manufacturing, Ed and Deb Fitts never expected to own and operate one of the newest cult wineries in the Napa Valley. In 2005, after many visits to Northern California Wine Country, Ed decided to purchase land on the esteemed and exclusive Pritchard Hill. Several years later in 2012, the winery was completed by revered architect Juan Carlos Fernandez. Near that same time, the Fitts’ decided to bring on Phillipe Melka, one of the highly regarded winemakers in the valley. With all of these wonderfully combined aspects of the winery, it is easy to understand why Brand has become so high-end and elite. With the riper, high-elevation fruit from Pritchard Hill combined with the seamless integrated winemaking provided by Phillipe’s magical touch; the wines of Brand are greatly admired vintage after vintage with no end in sight.
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