In 1972 Jack and Dolores Cakebread purchased the Sturdivant Ranch in Rutherford, and started to farm grapes. By 1974 the winery is built, and the first wine is released, the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay, with fruit coming from the Carneros appellation.
By 1978 the estate was producing Cabernet Sauvignon from its own vineyards, and by 1979 Bruce Cakebread join the business as a winemaker being graduated from UC Davis.
During the 80's the vineyards holdings and winery are expanded, new varieties start to be produced. In 1994 the Estate concludes the replanting of its vineyards attacked by phylloxera in the late 80's.
During the 2000's the family expands the acquisition of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and concludes the last expansion of the winery. In 2008 Cakebread becomes the second winery to achieve Napa Green certification. The winery continue its commitment to sustainability to this day.
Grown in the cool Carneros conditions that maintain excellent balance between fruit characters and acidity in grapes.
The grapes are harvested at night in small batches and directly pressed as whole cluster. The must is then transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. The malolactic fermentation is partially completed, and the wine ages for 8 months in 33% new French oak barrels with lees stirring to enhance texture.