Our vineyard and winery are at 2000 feet elevation near the top of Spring Mountain in the western hills of the Napa Valley.
We arrived on Spring Mountain in 1975 and began planting our vineyard in 1981, though vines were first planted here at the end of the 19th century. The oldest vines are now from 1985 and our youngest were planted in 1997. Our ten-acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. We farm our vineyard ourselves using organic practices.
There are three owners, Birgitta and Philip Togni, joined by their daughter Lisa. Philip is a former student of Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux where he earned the Diplôme National d’Oenologie many years ago while working as assistant Régisseur at Château Lascombes. Philip came to the Napa Valley in 1959. Lisa has a background in the wine trade and has done harvests in Australia and at Château Léoville-Barton in Bordeaux.
All our wines are Estate Bottled, meaning we only use grapes that we grow ourselves.
Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet is a very ageworthy Margaux-type blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot. Each year we hold back a portion of the newly-bottled wine to re-release when it is ten, twenty and thirty years old.
Tanbark Hill Vineyard Cabernet is made from certain Cabernet Sauvignon blocks of our vineyard and is a wine that is more approachable when young.
Ca’ Togni is a very sweet red wine inspired by Constantia, the great South African wine of the 19th century. It has always been made from our small planting of the rare table grape Black Hamburgh.