napa valley

2007 brings home three new accolades!

by Stephanie on February 11, 2011

Three New Accolades for David Fulton Winery’s
2007 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley
As a historic Petite Sirah producer, we’re pleased to announce three new note-worthy, recognitions:
Representing the Largest Competition of American Wines in the World
on January 7th, 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded the annual week of judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County, California. Over five days, 60 professional wine experts tasted and evaluated a world-record breaking 5,050 entries from 23 states. They awarded David Fulton’s 2007 Petite Sirah a Silver Medal.
Our 2007 Petite Sirah also came in at #4 in Imbibe Wines’ Top 100 list. Imbibe is located in Bakersfield, California and is one of the state’s most prestigious retailers. “Many have heard us say it: the David Fulton Petite Sirah is one of the finest in the nation and has been our #1 wine on past lists. This wine is huge, powerful, and triumphant carrying the lush softness and immediate succulence of a modern cult Cabernet. Flavors of chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and cherry pie carry through to a thoroughly dry finish with firm tannins,” Says Richard Gilpin, Imbibe Wines’ Certified Sommelier and Wine Buyer.
Red Carpet Wines in Glendale California has also added the 2007 vintage to their Top 100 List – coming in at an impressive number 14. Red Carpet was established as a family business in 1964 and proudly remains that way. Just like us…
Have you had our 2007 Estate Petite Sirah?


2010 Harvest ~ The Grapes Are In

by Stephanie on October 20, 2010

We had crazy weather throughout the growing season and here we are picking in the rain!  I took a few little videos with my Blackberry Smartphone.  Quality isn’t very good …but you’ll get the idea of how particular we are with our grapes.

Please note that my talents might not be in the art of film-making.

Harvest time sorting table 2010

See a typical grape cluster from the 2010 harvest

This is the whole layout – from sorting to the shaking table


Wine Club

by Tim on May 24, 2010

The “Better Than The One-Horse Plow” Wine Clubs!

Find the one that’s right for you!

David Fulton established the family’s St. Helena vineyard in 1860 and built the town’s first stone wine cellar next to it a year later. Mr. Fulton was among many things, a blacksmith, pioneer, town visionary and an inventor. His most notable invention being the Fulton Plow, which one horse could pull between closely planted vineyard rows – increasing the number of vines he could plant and harvest. As a visionary, he saw the suitability and future of this St. Helena vineyard.

As both of these endeavors were genius, the benefits of the vineyard have clearly outlasted the benefits of the one-horse plow!

Join our wine club and don’t miss out!

Level 1: Receive three bottles of our newest Petite Sirah release at 10% off

Level 2: Receive six bottles of our newest Petite Sirah release at 15% off

Level 3: Receive 12 bottles of our newest Petite Sirah release at 20% off

Benefits of Membership:

  • Wine Club Members receive one shipment automatically, around mid October of each year with assigned discount plus applicable sales tax and shipping.
  • Complimentary tour and tasting by appointment for up to eight people.
  • Special discounts on additional purchases, based on availability.
  • Special invitations to participate (work!) harvest.
  • Annual Club Member only party.
  • First access to newly released and undistributed Our Sweet Petite, port style wine and our new, blended Heritage 1860, red wine. Production for each is less than 50 cases!
  • Priority reservations for picnic tables on our deck, with access to lunch caterer with advance notice.
  • Concierge services to make the most of your wine country visits.
  • Automatic shipments will be charged to the credit card on file no more than seven days before each shipment.

Memberships are very limited, join today!

Here, at David Fulton Winery, we invite you to fall in love … with our Petite Sirah!   Our vineyard, originally planted in 1860 by my great-grandfather, produces less than 400 cases of Petite Sirah a year. “Old vines, Napa Valley” right here. We are also proud to now feature Cabernet blends, Chardonnay, and Viognier as well as a few more additions to soon come. More will be revealed!

This dry-farmed, estate vineyard is the oldest, continuously owned and operated family vineyard in the state of California.

Our winery and vineyard is located at 825 Fulton Lane, just four blocks east of Hwy 29, in Napa Valley’s historic St. Helena.   We don’t have any commercial signage, so you’ll have to turn down “Fulton Lane” and look for our address (825 Fulton Lane) to enjoy our winery’s private setting.

If you aren’t in Napa Valley, I hope you enjoy something of a virtual visit here, online. For full effect, you can always ask us to ship a bottle of our award-winning Petite Sirah to sip while surfing our site. If you love it, as we do, you might consider joining our club. It’s just one shipment a year, as we make just the one wine.

Fulton and Dink Mather
Fourth Generation,  David Fulton family

Please consider joining our wine club and receive a few bottles of our limited production Petite Sirah, once a year. We’d love to have you be a part of it. If you join, we can teach the secret handshake to you at your next visit.

new features


by Stephanie on May 20, 2010


DAVID FULTON built the *first commercial stone wine cellar within the town limits of St. Helena in 1861.

*Earlier, John Patchett built the first winery in the town of Napa in1858.  Charles Krug built a crude 22-foot diameter cellar with a thatched roof in 1861.  It was located a mile north of the town of St. Helena and was replaced by a more substantial structure several years later.

David Fulton, with the funds he acquired through the sale of 15 of the forty acr4es he bought in 1860, began the construction of his stone wine cellar.  Note:  Dr. Crane who purchased land in 1859 south of Sulfer Creek that marked the southern border of town, didn’t start the construction of his first cellar until 1862.

David Fulton passed away in 1871 with his wife Mary running the operation for four years after.  She hired William Scheffler in 1876 who continued operating the cellar another 12 years.  With Mary’s health failing, she pulled back the winery operation and just sold grapes.  The vineyard continued ownership and operation by the family through to today.

In 1995, Fulton Mather returned to his childhood ranch in this historic Napa Valley district of St. Helena as the heir and steward of the family vineyards.  Today, Fulton and his wife, Dink have dedicated themselves to preserving the vineyards and maintaining the historic winery and cellar originally built by Fulton’s great grandfather, David Fulton.

The David Fulton Winery is located just a short walk east from downtown St. Helena, on Fulton Lane. The winery is recently restored and tucked beneath three large valley oaks (Quercus lobata). A replica of the old Fulton stone wine cellar is the lowest level of  the three story building that sits at the northwest edge of the family vineyard. A few yards to the west are two large sentinel palm trees, a restored tank house and David Fulton’s original, historic farmhouse. The 14.5 acre vineyard itself stretches south from this point as if to run away from Mount St. Helena, a vast silhouette looming to the north and reminding us of its once violent volcanic nature. This romantic setting of old head trained vines enjoys early morning fog, warm afternoons and cool night air of the northern Napa Valley as well as the rich igneous alluvial soil of the local appellation.

Only a small number of cases of Petite Sirah are produced by the estate annually and distributed primarily to Wine Club members, fine California restaurants, specialty wine shops and other private collections.  The bulk of fruit grown by David Fulton Vineyards are sold to three local and well received Napa Valley wineries noted for their fine quality wines at and reasonable prices.