1. Founding
    In 2005, John Conover, Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty founded CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain as a complement to the valley floor terroir of PlumpJack Winery. Like PlumpJack, CADE takes its name from Shakespeare, who used the term to refer to the wine casks—or cades—used to transport wine from Bordeaux to England in Elizabethan times.

    CADE Estate Winery crafts estate Cabernet Sauvignon in a nuanced, powerful, and approachable style we call Modern Howell Mountain. We also produce Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bordeaux style, and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Our vineyard estate sits high above the fog line on Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1800 feet. Of 54 contiguous acres surrounding the winery, 21 are currently planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (19) and Merlot (2). The entire property is organically farmed.

    CADE Estate Winery is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez worked closely with then Winemaker Anthony Biagi to design a building that honors its surroundings aesthetically, ecologically, and with the production of superior wines.

    The second vintage of our 2008 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon received a score of 98+ from Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate. Read news coverage of our wines, our Green Initiatives and the remarkable architecture of our estate in our press room.

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  2. Tucked into the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap District, sits Odette Estate on 45 voluptuous acres. As the newest addition to the beloved region, Odette looks to serve as a “breath of fresh air” to the historic District. Contemporary architecture and design, paired with a contemporary stance on environmental responsibility, Odette is symbolic of the future of Stags Leap.

    With its two sister properties, PlumpJack and CADE (located in Oakville and Howell Mountain respectively), Odette rounds out the trio of wineries committed to producing full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons that are notable for the combination of power and elegance, while simultaneously showcasing the unique properties of the AVA.

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  3. Lloyd Construction, Inc. is a family owned construction company, established in 1977 by John and Carolyn Lloyd. Attention to every detail has been the focus since that first year. Their son David Lloyd joined the team full time in 2000. This partnership coupled the tradition and reputation of Lloyd with current management techniques and industry trends.

    “We place great value in understanding and implementing the latest business systems and building science, while being careful not to sway from what our company was founded on: communication, loyalty, and craftsmanship.”

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  4. Katherine Rixon and Rob Cronin are the top real estate agents in the Sun Valley area. Their unparalleled expertise in the Wood River Valley real estate market makes them stand out from other real estate professionals. They are service oriented, taking great pride in referrals from previous clientele. Whether you are looking for a luxury estate, a condominium, vacant land, a commercial opportunity or a family home, Rob and Katherine will put their knowledge and understanding to work to find you the perfect piece of real estate.

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    At Grassi & Associates, we have been privileged to work with world-class architects and the most discerning of clients. Each of our projects has been a story to itself because there is no formula for what we do. We approach every project with open minds and this approach to building custom homes, estates, and select commercial projects keeps us engaged and innovative.

    We are craftsmen and builders who are also artists shunning the formulaic in favor of the innovative. We have an eye and a passion for fine work, and we have the skills to bring it to bear. We are interpreters and eternal optimists, taking an architect’s vision and a client’s dream and giving it a physical reality. We are relentless in our desire to take on new challenges, and we are hungry to learn more about the art we have chosen: building.

    But there is also an experienced practicality to our team at Grassi, and the foundation of that practicality is a commitment to “value.” Each of our employees at Grassi, some of whom have been with us since the beginning, understand that the key to a successful project is a healthy interplay between helping clients realize their dreams while ensuring that our clients get exceptional value for every dollar spent.

    Our team at Grassi & Associates has been building custom homes, estates, and select commercial projects in the Napa and Sonoma valleys for over two decades. We believe that the building process should be as custom as the home we are entrusted to build.

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