Winemaking and tasting at new St. Helena facility
Napa Valley, May 2017 —- Steve and Seanne Contursi, the founders and proprietors of Arrow&Branch, announce that Arrow&Branch will now be making wine and welcoming clients at the spectacular new Wheeler Farms Winery located in the heart of St. Helena on Zinfandel Lane as of May 1. “The historical property has been re-created and re-envisioned by the Araujo family as a state-of-the-art winery providing cutting edge technology and equipment. It is the perfect spot for making our limited production, distinctive handcrafted lots,” Contursi said, in making the announcement.
Arrow&Branch will begin conducting private tastings at the newly open Wheeler Farms Winery Hospitality House. Each tasting will be hosted by the winery’s General Manager, Elizabeth Robertis. “We look forward to welcoming our clients to this beautiful new spot, not only to enjoy stunning views of vineyards and orchards on the Valley floor in St. Helena but of course also to indulge in our current releases,” Contursi adds.
Visits will be scheduled for 90 minutes in one of the winery’s exclusive tasting areas and must be arranged by reservation only, in advance. The experience will include a walk through the 11.6 acres of handsome grounds which encompass Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, 80 olive trees, 21 heritage fruit trees, two bee hives, 13 raised beds for vegetables and a chicken coop housing heritage chickens. The tasting is priced at $125 per person and will include a taste of all four of Arrow&Branch’s current releases. Wheeler Farms is located at 588 Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena.
Wheeler Farms Winery, the latest project from Bart and Daphne Araujo, was designed by architects Taylor Lombardo to express the agricultural history of the property. It includes a state of the art custom crush facility and an inviting hospitality space.
Arrow&Branch’s current releases are 2013 Arrow&Branch Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, 2016 Arrow&Branch Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Black Label” and the Flagship 2013 Red Wine. The winery also offers The Arrow&Branch Society, with three tiers of membership and exclusive benefits.
Founded in 2008 by Steve and Seanne Contursi, Arrow&Branch creates wines from small hand crafted lots of some of the best Napa Valley vineyards including the Contursis’ estate Cabernet Franc vineyard in Coombsville.
The Contursis purchased the 3.5 acre estate vineyard in 2007 and added 1.5 contiguous acres in 2011. Jennifer Williams is the winemaker. Mike Wolf is the vineyard manager and farms the vineyards organically. Vineyard tours of the estate are available by appointment only.
Arrow&Branch was chosen as the name for the Contursis’ winery as a reference to numismatics. Steve Contursi has been a professional numismatist since 1975 and specializes in historically significant, museum quality U.S. coins. Found on the reverse of most United States coinage is an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. The Arrow&Branch name pays homage to both U.S. coinage and Americana.
One of Arrow&Branch’s unusual distinguishing touches is that each wine’s label includes a favorite quote from Benjamin Franklin including Mind your business and Diligence is the mother of all good luck. “The true connection of Benjamin Franklin to Arrow&Branch is that he designed the first coin with a true Americana motif in 1776, known as the Continental Dollar. It’s on this coin that his famous quote “Mind Your Business” is prominently featured,” explains Contursi. “This is the motto of Arrow&Branch,” he adds.
The conjoined spacing between “Arrow” and “Branch” and the ampersand are design elements of the wines’ labels.