Stevenson’s book The Silverado Squatters is one of the foremost about the lore and history of Napa Valley. This passage describes our vineyard location at the beginning of the Old Toll Road ~ “we entered the toll road, or, to be more local, entered on “the grade”…”
We make three distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons from our estate vineyard, including “THE GRADE”, “KINGLY PROJECT” and “SERPENT’S BACK”, all of which were named from this book. Our Sauvignon Blanc wine “SEA-FOG” was taken from a chapter title.
Robert Louis Stevenson and his new bride Fanny honeymooned in a bunkhouse in the abandoned mining town of Silverado on Mount Saint Helena in 1880. During that period he wrote eloquently about the natural beauty, characters and wines of Calistoga and Napa Valley. Stevenson is our muse.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Honoring Stevenson with Artwork
As part of the 2017 “Arts in April” program in Napa Valley, The GRADE Cellars created this Warhol-esque collection of RLS portraits on city property by working with art students at the RLS Middle School in St. Helena ~