BOMMARITO VINEYARD

Bommarito Vineyard is in the Rutherford Appellation of the Napa Valley. The vineyard is approximately 25 acres with soils that are very similar to those in the Whitehall Lane Winery Estate Vineyard. It has produced outstanding grapes since the early 1920’s when Dominic Bommarito purchased the Rutherford property to plant a vineyard and build a summer home. 

The Vineyard is planted to three different grape varieties. The rootstocks in this vineyard were matched to the various soil types, spacing and trellis systems were implemented, and grape clones were selected to yield ultimate fruit flavors. The largest planting is Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. 

Dominic Bommarito was born in Sicily in 1889 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1903. In the early 1920’s he began construction on his summer home and moved to this Rutherford estate permanently in 1929 with his wife, four children and mother. He built five additional homes on the property between 1941 and 1953. Many of the furnishings in the houses were acquired from surplus at Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, including sinks and plumbing. Dominic Bommarito was a founding member of the Napa Valley Co-Op and farmed his vineyard until his death in 1963. His wife, Carmen Bommarito, tended to the vineyard until her death in December of 1994. Working by her side was son Salvatore “Toots” Bommarito. Toots spent most of his life on the property, working in the vineyard and tending to the properties. Toots passed away in 2012. 

Whitehall Lane Winery continues to call the property the Bommarito Vineyard, recognizing the wonderful history of the Napa Valley, its pioneers and its characters. 

Vineyard Details (Soil Type and Grape Varietals)

CLAY LOAM SOIL
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SAUVIGNON BLANC
SEMILLON