The estate, located in Oakville Napa, has been concentrating its efforts on the production of high-quality Cabernet for 40 years. The unique location of the vineyards, modern equipment, a great team - all these are the key to Silver Oak success in the global wine market. The wines are aged exclusively in new American oak barrels, which gives them a more pronounced vanilla aroma and dense texture.
The founders are:
Raymond Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur who began investing in California vineyards in the late 1960s, and Justin Meyer, a winemaker and former Christian Brother, began in a Napa Valley dairy barn in 1972, producing only 1,100 cases of their inaugural vintage.
Over the next two decades, Silver Oak grew in popularity. Our Napa Valley and Alexander Valley Cabernets sold quickly upon their release from the winery and became a sought-after staple on restaurant wine lists around the country. After selecting Daniel Baron to succeed him as winemaker in 1994, Justin retired, selling his share of Silver Oak to the Duncan family in 2001. With David R. Duncan serving as President and CEO and Tim Duncan as Executive Vice President, the Duncan family continues to operate the winery to this day.
In 2006, a fire destroyed historic Oakville winery. It was a difficult and emotional event; but in hindsight, a blessing in disguise
Set amidst 70 acres of estate vineyards along the rolling foothills of the Mayacamas mountains, the new Alexander Valley winery – set to open for harvest 2017 – will push industry design and innovation standards through alternative energy sources, innovative water reuse systems and reclaimed building materials.