Maxville Lake Winery: A Secret That Shouldn’t Be

Main entrance of Maxville Lake Winery in Chiles Valley with modern sculpture
An impressive sculpture frames the entrance

Everybody loves a secret, right?! Well here is one secret we are dying to share with you… wine tasting at Maxville Lake Winery is an absolute must during your Napa Valley visit!

Hidden in the Chiles Valley AVA—and only about a 15 minute drive from Silverado trail—Maxville offers 1,100-acres of pure serenity. They offer two tasting experiences: $45 for a general tasting of four estate wines and $65 for a tour of their expansive cave (a few barrel samples included!) and a tasting of those four estate wines.

THE VIEW

A bottle and glass of wine with a charcuterie plate looking out to the lake at Maxville Lake Winery
A Perfect Day

Maxville combines the best of both the mountains and beach. Oversized couches on the outside of the tasting room provide breathtaking views of the 30-acre lake and surrounding mountains. Or head down to the water’s edge and enjoy a bottle of wine and a cheese plate on the dock or at your own secluded picnic table.

THE WINES

Cabernet Franc: Oh my! We love the notes of dark raspberry and cherry on the mid-palate. This is an enjoyable and easy wine to drink as the fruit notes are balanced with nice tannin on the finish. Good to drink now and in another 10 or 15 years!

A bottle of Maxville Cabernet Franc against a redwood with berries
An Outstanding Wine

Petite Sirah: Maxville delivers another beautiful punch with this wine. This Petite Sirah wows you with an incredibly dark color and notes of dark chocolate and rich plum. This is one of those wines that can be a stand-alone meal (yes, we have done only a bottle of this Petite Sirah for dinner before).

THE HISTORY

“Joseph Chiles received the 8,000-acre Rancho Catacula Land Grant in 1844 where it was inhabited by Spanish settlers and farmers who tilled the land into a prime agriculture area. In the 1960s, the Edward Keith family purchased 1,025 acres and turned a portion of it into the Bar 49 camp for youngsters. 

Since the land was zoned for agriculture, the Keith Family decided to plant vineyards in 1974. With sustainable farming practices, the Keith’s see themselves as custodians of the land which has been placed with the Napa Valley Land Trust to preserve the integrity of the property forever. It will never be subdivided and always preserved only for agricultural use. 

The interior of the Maxville Lake Winery tasting room
An interior to match the beautiful exterior

In 1996, construction began for the most impressive tasting room in the Chiles Valley and a large underground aging facility which can accommodate up to 2,000 barrels. Upon entering the tasting room area, the first sight to greet visitors is a mural that encircles the huge great room. The mural, painted by Napa artist David Huddleston, depicts the history of Chiles Valley, starting with the days when the area was inhabited by the Southern Wappo Indians, continuing through the Spanish settlers, to the farmers who later tilled the area.

Today, Maxville Winery strives to continue the Keith family’s promise to the land, and carry on its mission to expand our vision by extending the wine country experience and value that is ‘Beyond its Normal Limitation.’

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