In 1998, through a serendipitous encounter, Sunset Cellars began making Barbera from Twin Creeks Vineyard in Napa Valley. The result was so satisfying that Barbera has become one of Sunset’s flagship wines. It has won numerous accolades including Best Barbera of Show from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, twice, beating out Barberas from the grape’s native homeland of northern Italy; and Best Barbera of California at the California State Fair.
Suisun Valley and Green Valley
In 2007, Doug and Katsuko moved their production facility to Suisun Valley and founded Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative as a shared tasting room for small wineries. They have long worked with the fruit and the people of Suisun Valley; moving here was a natural next step.
Starting in 2012, Sunset Cellars took control of two small vineyards in upper Green Valley, growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera, with cuttings from the Twin Creeks Vineyard. Under the expert care of vineyard manager Gabino Rodriguez, and the influence of volcanic soil and excellent growing conditions, these vineyards have produced high quality fruit, and the resulting wines are as beautiful, complex, and lush, as the land and the people who created them.