Krupp Brothers

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Rising over the fogline of Napa Valley’s eastern mountains, Stagecoach Vineyard boasts the thin, rocky volcanic soils ideal for growing world-class wine grapes. Stretching over 1,300 contiguous acres, with 600 acres planted, the undulating, varied terrain creates diverse meso-climates and soil conditions that are distinctively suited to the 17 different varieties grown - from Cabernet Sauvignon to Tempranillo and Marsanne

But when Bart and Jan Krupp were considering a rugged expanse of terrain high Napa's eastern hills the odds were stacked against them. They faced desert mountain landscape riddled with rock and boulders, no power, no road to access the land and no known water.

Warned that water was scarce on the property, Jan and Bart turned to a geologist, and eventually, to a water witch, who pointed his divining rod to a patch and instructed them to drill – directly into a stream flowing 400 feet underground. Today, that aquifer provides water to more than half a million grapevines.

Next, the brothers set about building access to their new property. After many months of red tape and 135 legal documents, they constructed a gravel road. Once in place, they began to dynamite, clearing one million tons of rock yet leaving large swaths of land untouched so the native ecosystem would continue to thrive.

Today, Stagecoach produces fruit for some of Napa’s most iconic wineries. Dr Krupp carefully selects and meticulously tends a small percentage of the fruit for the Krupp Brothers wines. For more information go here

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