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The story of PlumpJack begins with a small, boutique wine shop on the corner of Greenwich and Fillmore streets in San Francisco, with the goal of making the experience of wine discovery more fun and approachable for all - the connoisseur and the uninitiated alike.

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Sir John 'PlumpJack' Falstaff, Probably

PlumpJack, a history

1992
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1992

In 1992, Gavin Newsom founded San Francisco's popular PlumpJack Wines on Fillmore Street on the principle of making wine buying more approachable in a friendly, non-intimidating manner to transform the wine purchasing experience into one of fun and discovery.

Since then, The PlumpJack Group portfolio has expanded to include a diverse collection of hospitality and lifestyle businesses including boutique hotels; award-winning wineries; restaurants and bars; and retail establishments, as well as the PlumpJack Development Company.

1995

Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded PlumpJack Estate Winery on 53 acres in Oakville, Napa Valley.

Back in 1947 the landowners, James and Anne McWilliams, restored winemaking on their property in the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley, California, now the location of PlumpJack Estate Winery.

1997

The first PlumpJack Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is harvested.

1999

John Conover joins PlumpJack Estate Winery as General Manager. The trio, Newsom, Getty & Conover, make the controversial decision to bottle 50% of their first vintage of 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under screwcap closures. This would be the first time any Reserve wine had been bottled with a screwcap closure.

2000

PlumpJack Estate Winery releases their 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with 50% of their production under screwcap enclosures at the Napa Valley Wine Auction.

2004

The 2001 vintage of the PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was named 2004 Wine of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

2005

Given the opportunity to build a winery from the ground up, founders Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover were committed to constructing a state-of-the-art winery that would pay tribute to the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. The goal was to construct the first CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) organically farmed and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified Estate Winery in the Napa Valley.

In 2005, Newsom, Getty & Conover purchase the land for CADE Estate Winery. The breathtaking location of Howell Mountain AVA sits above the clouds at 1800 feet elevation and produces estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

2006

Construction on CADE Estate Winery begins with architect Juan Carlos Fernandez set to design Napa Valley's first LEED Gold Certified Winery.

Additionally, the first crop of estate wine, Sauvignon Blanc, is harvested in the fall of '06. The vineyards had been recently replanted by the previous owners in the spring of '04.

2007

The CADE Estate team releases their first Cabernet Sauvignon from their 2005 harvest

2009

CADE Estate Winery opens.

2010

CADE Estate officially receives its LEED Gold Certification. The winemaking team releases the first Estate Cabernet.

2012

Newsom, Getty & Conover partner to purchase the former Steltzner Vineyard Estates, laying the groundwork for Odette Estate Winery. Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez starts construction on Odette's modern and eco-friendly buildings featuring renewable and energy-efficient materials.

Meanwhile, 2012 turns out to be a big year for winemakers in the PlumpJack Collection of Wineries! Aaron Miller joins as winemaker of PlumpJack Estate Winery. Aaron has since become a member of the 300 Point Club, earning 100 point scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate on three vintages (so far) in his tenure:
  • In 2015, Robert Parker awarded Aaron Miller's 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 100 points
  • In 2017, Robert Parker awarded Aaron Miller's 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 100 points
  • In 2018, Robert Parker awarded Aaron Miller's 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 100 points
Over at CADE Estate Winery, Danielle Cyrot is hired as head winemaker, and Jeff Owens transitions from CADE to the newly purchased Odette Estate Winery in Stags Leap District.

2014

Winemaker Jeff Owen's 2012 Odette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon receives 100 point score from Wine Advocate's Robert Parker.

2015

At Odette Estate, the contemporary 3500 square foot Estate Lounge designed by Napa-based design firm, Shopworks, opens as a grand addition to their wine tasting and event capabilities.

2016

Following the installation of a combined 8500 square foot living roof and solar panels over its winery production facility, Odette becomes the first winery with a living roof in the Napa Valley. Not long after, Odette Estate Winery earns LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Meanwhile, back up north, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover partner to purchase the former Ladera Vineyards (soon to be 13th Vineyard) located on Howell Mountain in Napa County. As a result, Danielle Cyrot, Head Winemaker at CADE Estate Winery, is promoted to oversee both CADE and 13th Vineyard.

The 13th Vineyard property is the 13th bonded winery in California. It was founded by Jean Brun, a native of Boardeaux, and Jean V. Chaix in 1886, and is one of the Valley's earliest gravity-flow facilities.

In 1998, Anne and Pat Stotesbery founded Ladera Vineyards and purchased the property from Francis DeWavrin and Francoise DeWavrin-Woltner.

2017

Odette Estate Winery is selected by American Architecture Prize as an Industrial Building category winner.

2018

Odette's Jeff Owens earns his second 100 point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate on the 2016 Odette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District.

2019

Danielle Cyrot's 2017 13th Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest rated Napa Valley Cabernets by the Wine Advocate, a notable achievement considering Napa suffered the effects of extreme wildfires in 2017.
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