After retirement from a distinguished career at Beringer, Tor Kenward took his expertise and started TOR Napa Valley. The plan was simple; his wines would come from only the best blocks in great vineyard sites that he knew and revered. His highly-coveted single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are sold exclusively to collectors and some of the world’s finest restaurants and specialist retailers. This fall and winter, TOR Napa Valley welcomes fans with new private, by-appointment-only experiences and tastings. Each allows guests the chance to safely visit some of Napa’s Grand Cru vineyards, walk amongst the vines, meet with growers, and experience TOR’s famed wines.
The Pritchard Hill Hike & Flight ($200 per person)
Greg Melanson’s Pritchard Hill vineyard (pictured) is prime real estate for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Perched 1500 feet above the valley floor, vineyard neighbors include Colgin, Continuum, and OVID. It’s a stunningly and rugged site typically not open to the public; however, Greg is allowing TOR to bring a small number of people to his top-of-the-world vineyard to enjoy the magnificent view. After either a heart-pumping vineyard walk or leisurely stroll, enjoy a tasting of TOR’s Grand Dames Chardonnays, followed by 2015, 2016, and 2017 of TOR’s spectacular Melanson Cabernets paired with small bites. TOR can also offer a picnic or lunch for a slight additional cost.
The Black Magic Experience ($750 per person)
Only a select few can experience Napa Valley like this - a true behind-the-curtain peek into the life of a vintner at the top of their game. David Grega, TOR’s Associate Winemaker of six years is the host for an exclusive tour of the hallowed soils of the legendary Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Beckstoffer To Kalon, and Vine Hill Ranch vineyards. Guests will then taste barrel samples considered for TOR’s next Black and Pure Magic wines, prior to a delicious multi-course lunch at The Charter Oak featuring a selection of highly rated TOR wines including single-vineyard bottlings.
Al Fresco Wines Experience ($125 per person)
Guests can enjoy a visit at TOR’s winemaking facility, Wheeler Farms’ 12-acre historic estate on Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. Enjoy beautiful vineyard views while exploring the advanced technologies used by Tor and his team. Tastings feature five wines from a selection of Napa Valley’s First Growth vineyards, and a cheese and charcuterie platter prepared by Chef Sarah Heller.