How we got started?
Lured by its small town character and lovely
setting, we came to St. Helena in 1976 to raise a family of
six children. Unlike many others who arrived in the past 30
years, there was no forethought of our ever joining the wine
business. Little did we suspect that the decision to move
to the Napa Valley was the first step in doing just that.
And looking back we must have been clueless not to recognize
the seeds of this life change all around us. First, our new
address was in fact Cabernet Lane. Also, unbeknownst to us,
the land we purchased happened to be located on the Rutherford
Bench- Napa's prized Cabernet growing district. The property
included five acres planted with old, dry-farmed Cabernet
Sauvignon vines. Framing our view of the valley from our 1868
farmhouse were the stone walls of an abandoned winery built
in 1883. For a winery-minded person, this was a more or less
picture perfect setting to begin winemaking.
We pretty much ignored all these signposts and chose simply
to hire a farming company to care for our vineyard, selling
our grapes to various wineries until 1984. By that time we
had learned a few things and were emboldened by the fact that
notable wineries were always in pursuit of our grapes, We
became proud of our fruit and, intrigued by the possibilities
of winemaking, took a few college courses. The commitment
of serious capital and total career change are choices not
to be taken lightly. However with a leap of faith we finally
decided to do what now seems we were supposed to do all along.
We've never looked back since and feel deeply grateful that
the opportunities were there to participate in such an enjoyable
Today the Livingston Moffett winery continues to specialize
in Cabernet wines. Among these are the Gemstone Vineyard Cabernet
blend, our Estate Moffett Vineyard Cabernet and Stanley's
Selection bottlings which have earned "big league"
and "top echelon" accolades in national wine reviews.
Our wines are primarily sold to our mail list and in limited
out of state markets.