Located in Napa Valley’s Coombsville appellation, Covert Estate is a hidden gem for
those who discover it. The limited-production wines are made by Julien Fayard, who
originated from France and is one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers
producing California wine with French finesse.
Out of respect for the beautiful surroundings, the winery is nestled in a hillside cave
between the vineyard and an oak grove, and is only visible from a bird’s-eye view,
perfectly disappearing into the landscape.
Covert’s 5-acre estate vineyard is mostly comprised of Bordeaux varietals including
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on its southern slopes while
Syrah is planted on the north-eastern section. The vines are farmed organically and sit
on a gentle slope with soil composed of solid volcanic ash from the nearby Mt. George.
Julien collectively established Covert Estate in 2012 with Cal and Pam Nicholson and Dave and Laura Nestor. Together, the partners share a love for and devotion to terroir-driven wines made with a minimal footprint on the land.
Covert Estate is open to guests for a personalized tasting experience by appointment
The winery at Covert Estate sits in a cave underground between the vineyard and the oak grove. It can only be seen from a bird’s-eye view of the property. At the southern entrance to the cave, sits an intimate tasting room with natural lighting, obsidian treasures from the property and an unobstructed view of the Coombsville caldera and Vaca Mountain Range. Tastings by appointment only.
The Napa Green program is supported by a wide variety of groups including the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the University of California. The Napa Valley Vintners, along with Fish Friendly Farming, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Napa County Farm Bureau and others developed the Napa Green program. Learn more about the program at napagreen.org.
Covert Estate is certified under the Napa Green Winery Program by the Napa County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Green Business Program and completed all the regulatory components needed for environmental sustainability. These components included developing water and energy conservation methods, preventing pollution, and reducing solid waste. In addition to developing sustainable winery practices, this program is set to become the standard for the state of California.
Covert Estate is certified under the Napa Green Certified Land Program. Covert Estate has created and implemented a customized farm plan with measured results that addressed all aspects of its property, vineyard land as well as non-farmed land, including practicing soil conservation, water conservation, stable drainage, riparian corridor enhancement, fisheries and wildlife habitat enhancement and long-term improvement and sustainability.
Certification - certification is granted by the Napa County Agricultural Commissioners Office of Pesticide Regulation, the Regional Water Quality Control board, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.