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Gilpin Estate is a family-owned winery  focused on producing handcrafted boutique Napa Valley wine.  John Gilpin, owner and winemaker, works with diverse premium vineyards to craft superior wines styled for balance, power, dimension and finesse.  Gilpin, who has a degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and studied Viticulture at UC Davis, features a winemaking style that balances the contributions of the soil and the fruit that produces powerfully rich wines.  Gilpin was the winemaker of Quercus wines and Vitus wines and has won numerous awards over the last 10 years.

Gilpin's wife Carol, is the co-owner and marketing manager for the company. With her background in retail management and business development, Carol is the contact for press, staff, and customer contact.  

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406 Main St., Vacaville, CA  95688,  US


John Gilpin, owner and winemaker checking the ripeness of the Merlot grapes.

John Gilpin's winemaking Awards

Sunset Magazine 2019

Commercial Competition

Silver Medal

2018 Rose' of Merlot 

CA Sate Fair 2019

Commercial Competition

Silver Medal

2018 Rose' of Merlot 

CA Sate Fair 2018

Commercial Competition

Double Gold Medal

Best Red wine of Region (Napa Valley) 99 pts.

2014 Merlot Olive Hill Vineyard 

San Francisco Chronicle 2014

Gold Medal

2012 Merlot Olive Hill Vineyard

2012 Cabernet Sonoma Chalk Hill

San Francisco Chronicle 2010

Gold Medal

2008 Merlot Olive Hill Vineyard

CA State Fair 2008

Commercial Competition

Gold Medal/Best of Class

2006 Cabernet Suisun Valley

Gilpin Estate is taking futures orders for our 2018 Merlot from the award winning vineyard Olive Hill from the  Coombsville Appelation.  More information to come!



Gilpin Estate Merlot: The Merlot vineyard is on Olive Hill Lane in Coombsville, an up & coming hot region within the Napa Valley.  Perched on a rocky hillside that climbs to 1900 feet in the Vaca mountain range, the vines are known for providing grapes that offers dense, dark fruit with solid tannins and rich feel.  Gilpin has produced his award winning wines from this vineyard since 2008 and is excited about the first release of his Merlot under the Gilpin 

Estate label.    

Gilpin Estate 2018 Cabernet: Our Cabernet grapes come from the Atlas Peak appellation at an elevation of 1800 feet sandwiched between two of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley, Stagecoach and Michael Mondavi's Continuum.  The nights are cooler due to the elevation allowing long hang time for the grapes resulting  in picking the fruit at the peak of ripeness- typically in late October.  This wine will be approachable upon release, but will gain complexity with age and will reward those who are patient and can cellar it for a few years.   

Gilpin Estate Rose' of Merlot: This Provencal style Rose' is produced from grapes in the cooler, southern region of Napa Valley. The  tradition of whole cluster press, using the whole grape (versus the left over juice after pressing the grape), creates a more complex Rose' wine that is refreshing, crisp and well rounded.    

Gilpin Estate Pinot Noir: A new favorite wine for Carol Gilpin (also called Carol’s Cuvee), these grapes come from a small Carneros vineyard that produces a big wine. The Gilpin Pinot is big, bold style, and holds up well to a variety of rich foods. This is a Cabernet lover’s Pinot.


September 22 4 PM

Gilpin Estate in the Garden

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September 22 4 PM

Gilpin Estate in the Garden

Join us for a garden party featuring our favorite Gilpin Estate varietals. Free for wine club members. $15 for general public.  Contact Carol at to join the fun! 



We hope you enjoy our wine as much as we do!


Carol and John Gilpin

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Gilpin Estate

406 Main St., Vacaville, CA 95688, US

(707) 761-3099

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