Sunset Cellars is a small, award-winning winery
dedicated to producing high quality hand-crafted wines.
We are committed to delivering true value to its customers.

Welcome to Sunset Cellars

Founded by Doug and Katsuko Sparks in their garage in San Francisco's Inner Sunset, Sunset Cellars believes in “Zen Zin” a minimalist winemaking style and respect for our grower's efforts in the vineyards. Our winemaking objective is to express and refine the flavors and characteristics created in the vineyard. All grapes are hand-sorted before crushing. Wines are fermented in half-ton containers and punched down by hand. Racking, done when necessary, is as gentle as possible, and aging features the restrained use of new oak, to enhance the grapes' flavors and not overpower them. Our goal is to develop supple wines with ample fruit that celebrate the distinguishing characteristics produced in different regions and vineyards. Sunset Cellars emphasizes red wine varieties including our Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono, but we also make the occasional white.

Our Estate Vineyard

Green Valley of Solano County is tucked into a corner of Solano County, between the larger Suisun Valley to the east and Napa Valley to the west. Its proximity to San Pablo Bay gives it a maritime climate, with low clouds and morning fog. While most Green Valley vineyards are planted on the valley floor, our vineyards are nestled against the hills on a west-facing bench in upper Green Valley. Similar to some of the best Napa vineyards across the Vaca Mountains, the soils in our vineyards are volcanic and rocky. Cool mornings and warm summer days help grapes retain fresh acidity while ripening evenly and fully.
Barbera
Since 1998, Barbera has been our flagship wine, winning numerous awards from many national and international wine competitions including several Best of Show, Double Golds, and Chairman's “Unanimous Gold” Award. One of the keys to our Barbera success is matching the vineyard site with the clone selection.
Our Barbera clone has small, loose clusters and small berries, in sharp contrast to much of the Barbera grown in California, which typically has much larger clusters and berries. The clone is so obscure it doesn't have a formal name that we know of. What we do know is that its grapes translate into consistently deep color and concentration suitable for the long-aging style of Barbera we practice.

Visit Us

We offer an enjoyable, relaxed wine tasting experience. In addition to Sunset Cellars wines, you can sample outstanding wines from two distinct, family-owned micro-wineries: Blacksmith Cellars and King Andrews Vineyards. On some days, you might even find Doug and Katsuko there.
Suisun Valley Wine Co-Op
Address

4495 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534
Open Hours
Friday-Sunday
12:00pm-05:00pm
Contact
(707) 450-8603

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Contact Us

Since our production is very small, availability of our wines has been largely limited to the tasting room at Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative. We are able to ship to most states in the US. If you are interested in purchasing our wines or would like to inquire about organizing a private tasting or event, please contact us by phone or email as listed. For commercial inquiries, please contact us directly.

E-mail
info@sunsetcellars.com
Business Office
Sunset Cellars LLC
1223 4th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122