St. Helena, Calif. – The third generation of Napa Valley’s Komes-Garvey family will take the helm at Flora Springs, the beloved family-owned winery with a history dating back over forty years. The winery will be led by General Manager Nat Komes, son of Flora Springs Co-Founders John and Carrie Komes. Nat will be joined by his cousins and Proprietors, Michelle Dolge, Nadine McIntosh, Lisa Meyers and Jeannine Ross. Sean Garvey, son of Co-Founders Julie and Pat Garvey, will continue in his role as vineyard manager. The move follows the sale of the Komes Ranch, home to the Flora Springs Estate since 1978. The sale did not include the Flora Springs brand or wine inventory, its Tasting Room on Highway 29, a winery facility in St. Helena, or the Komes-Garvey family’s 257 vineyard acres throughout Napa Valley.
“My cousins and I are excited about this new chapter of Flora Springs. Our long time club members and customers should know that the high quality of our wines will not change, nor will our tradition of warm hospitality,” said Nat Komes. “I also want to say that we’re very thankful to our parents and grandparents for giving our generation the opportunity to carry on their legacy. They’ve worked hard to pave the way for us.”
With a new leadership team in place, 257 acres of prime Napa Valley vineyard land, and an ideal tasting room location on Highway 29 just south of St. Helena, Flora Springs is well-poised for its next chapter. The family’s vineyard holdings span six sub-appellations and include: P&J Vineyard (St. Helena); select blocks of the Komes Ranch (St. Helena & Rutherford); Garvey Family Vineyard (Rutherford); Windfall Vineyard (Rutherford); Crossroads Ranch (Oakville); Kairos Vineyard (Napa Valley); Red Hen Vineyard (Oak Knoll); Sunset Knoll Vineyard (Carneros); Lavender Hill Vineyard (Carneros). These properties are the consistent, long time sources of Flora Springs’ popular, highly-acclaimed wines, including its flagships, Trilogy and Soliloquy, as well as its Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.
“My sister Julie and I, along with our spouses, founded and grew Flora Springs from the ground up, but the wine business has changed since we began,” commented John Komes, who noted that the sale of the Komes Ranch was a matter of estate planning. “Our family’s third generation grew up in this business and has a great understanding of it. It’s time for us to pass the baton to them.”
About Flora Springs Winery
Flora Springs, founded in 1978, has been a family affair through three generations. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the Komes-Garvey family is committed to both innovative technology and the tradition of fine winemaking as well as the responsible stewardship of its 257 acres of vineyards. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs’ red wines are sourced from its organic and sustainably-farmed estate vineyards.