Burgess Cellars

Celebrating its 45th Anniversary!

Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. When our founder Tom Burgess purchased an 1870's era vineyard and winery in 1972, he established himself as a pioneer of mountainside wineries. At the time, there were only approximately two dozen wineries in operation in the whole Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terrior: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard's soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.

Today, the second generation is building on Tom's legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fine-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes.

The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality. At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, we produce wines from our two estate hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. Our hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.

A visit to Burgess Cellars begins with a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. One can see the length of the Mayacamas range, from Calistoga to the hills beyond Napa. We present our wines in our cellar, where you are surrounded by barrels.

Hours & Activities
  • Complimentary Tasting w/Purchase:
  • Tastings - By Appointment:
  • Tours - By Appointment:
  • Art Displayed:
  • Family-Run:
  • Historic Buildings:
  • Off the Beaten Path:
  • Romantic:
  • Scenic Views:
  • Tasting Room Size: Small
Wine List
  • Cabernet Franc:
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  • Other:
  • Petite Sirah:
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  • Syrah:

November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018

Facility Info

At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, a visit to Burgess Cellars includes a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. We present our wines in our cellar, surrounded by barrels, where our hospitality team provides personal and customized wine tastings.

$30 tasting fee per person
Includes 6 selections.
One (1) tasting fee waived per three (3) bottles purchased.

Tastings appointments are offered daily.

Guild of Mountaineers Wine Club

As a Guild of Mountaineers Wine Club member, enjoy these benefits:

• Receive 20% discount on all current releases and the Current Library Release.
• Full customization on club shipments.
• Shipping included on club shipments.
• Complimentary tastings for two at Burgess Cellars.*
• Priority and discounted invitations to events and experiences.
• Member online account for easy customization and ordering.