Heitz Cellars has been making news for more than five decades --- almost as long as we have been producing wines. With just one click below, you can find out what is behind those headlines. Articles are arranged in order by date beginning with the most recent.

View from the Cellar
"The 1978 vintage in California was one of the finest in what may well have been the greatest decade of wine production in the history of the state... Some of the most important wineries from this era have continued on crafting classic and long-lived wines in the same vein as their 1978s..."
JAN-FEB 2017
View from the Cellar
John Gilman
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WINE & SPIRITS TOP 50 WINES
"Without question the Napa Valley still holds the country's diners in thrall. Of the top ten cabernet-centric brands, seven are from Napa, a centrifugal pull that sommeliers all of the country have acknowledged." We are happy to report that Heitz Cellars Cabernets are ranked among the top ten. In addition, Heitz Sauvignon Blanc is rated one of the most popular in its category.
APRIL 2017
Wine & Spirits
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Talking Women in the Wine Industry
Kathleen Heitz Myers... "I have absolutely loved my career in the wine industry and am so grateful for the doors that were opened to me around the world. The diversity of those friendships, of course enhanced over a glass of wine, are what I treasure most..."
MARCH 2017
Alexis Korman
Wine Enthusiast
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Heitz: California with Restraint
"Heitz Cellars wines... pull off that difficult trick of achieving a balance between straightforwardness and complexity. That's true especially of Martha's, multi-layered though it is. These are not flashy wines; perhaps 'restrained opulence' is the best way of describing them. They have solidity and presence, like very fine old furniture. The quality does not need to be advertised."
FEBRUARY 2017
Adam Lechmere
Meninger's Wine Business Int'l
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Wine of the Week: Soaring to new Heitz
"...they also have a portfolio that features some of the best wine for the money in the area. In addition, they are also one of the oldest family-owned wineries in California and you can almost taste their history in every glass of wine."
JANUARY 2017
Scott Greenberg
WTOP News
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Wines of the year: top wines from California and Oregon
2010 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon — Fresh, bright and primary with lovely acidity. Pure and expressive with focused berry and cherry fruits backed up by firm structure, and minty notes in the background. Pure and direct with massive potential for development. 95/100
JANUARY 2017
Jamie Goode
wineanorak.com
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Producer Profile: Heitz Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Martha's Vineyard
"It soon became clear that this 14-hectare parcel, hugging the foothills of the Mayacamas range and fringed by towering eucalyptus trees produced a wine that amply justified a bottling of its own."
DECEMBER 2016
William Kelley
DECANTER
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A wine that helped create Napa Valley: the legacy of Heitz Cellars
"...the winery has built a reputation for producing world-class wines of distinction, including one of Napa's benchmark cabernet sauvignons, the Martha's Vineyard..."
OCTOBER 2016
Tim Carl
NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
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CAN CALIFORNIAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON IMPROVE WITH AGE?
"...But as I tasted two Napa Cabernets last week, I found myself pondering the question of California wines' aging potential afresh. One was Heitz Cellar's 1975 Martha's Vineyard; the other Chateau Montelena's 1975 North Coast bottling... The Heitz was a monument, marrying profound complexity, power and poise."
AUGUST 2016
William Kelley
DECANTER
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CRUISING WITH MONTRACHET, HEITZ, GUIGAL AND MARIE WEISS – FOR $15 EACH (KIND OF)
The Heitz, we wrote, "looked like velvet . . . Wonderfully acidic, as the other Heitz's have been. Serious black cherry and judicious oak. Minerally finish, earthy. . . . Fabulously balanced. Like Cabernets from another time. Not showy, just mellow and confident in what it is. Great fruit. No need to be showy. Tobacco, black plums."
JUNE 2016
Dorothy Gaiter
GRAPE COLLECTIVE
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27th ANNUAL RESTAURANT POLL
"The wines on our Top 50 list are the bottlings that restaurant guests return to again and again . . . To some, those wines will be new discoveries, but like all of the wines on this list, quite a few American wine drinkers think of them as old friends." Heitz Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are rated among the most popular wines.
APRIL 2016
WINE & SPIRITS
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Fifty Years Later It's Still A Classic: The Heitz Martha's Story
"At a time when so many 'it' things trend for a nanosecond, it's gratifying to see a stalwart of America's wine industry continue to glide along decade after decade true to its founders' principles. That's the story of family-owned Heitz Cellar in St. Helena."
APRIL 2016
Dorothy Gaiter
GRAPECOLLECTIVE
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Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cab Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary
"There's no more storied name in the history of modern California winemaking than Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Heitz family continues to produce the stylish, elegant Cabs that raised them to the forefront of the Napa wine revolution of the 1960's and 70's."
APRIL 2016
Nick Passmore
FORBES
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HEITZ CELLARS MARTHA'S VINEYARD CABERNET: A CALIFORNIA ICON
"Other wines come into fashion for awhile, but their reputation slowly fades with time. Yet, who can deny that Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon still stands out as one of the superb wines produced in California?"
APRIL 2016
Ed McCarthy
WINE REVIEW ONLINE
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HEITZ FAMILY'S WINEMAKING LEGACY CONTINUES
"Imagine then, that your last name is Heitz, and you graduated from St. Helena High School in California's Napa Valley with kids named Mondavi and Shafer. Everyone you know is in winemaking. Your dad is an incredibly famous, respected winemaker and your grandfather was the legendary Joe Heitz."
APRIL 2016
Gil Kulers
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
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THE 25 BEST WINERIES IN CALIFORNIA
Wine is now made — from grapes — in all 50 states... That said, when the must settled, our results verified what we'd already known all along: California is our nation's wine capital, and the Napa Valley is at the heart of that state's quality wine industry.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
THE DAILY MEAL
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A CALIFORNIA CLASSIC
Napa Cabernet Made, Unmade and Remade
"Joe Heitz's wines were always quite massive, but he made wine with everything in proportion . . . all polished — everything fitted in."
OCTOBER 2015
WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE
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LES CLOS THRILLS THE WINE ELITE
"...charming notions like Mere, Pere, Enfant ("Mother, Father, Child"): three glasses to display the family ties between Sauvignon Blanc (a Francois Chidaine Touraine); Cabernet Franc (Domaine Bel Air Bourgeuil) and Cabernet Sauvignon (from Napa's Heitz)."
FEBRUARY 2015
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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HEITZ NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"I just have to say this Heitz 2009 [Napa Valley Cabernet], $50. This is an amazing wine . . . They could have absolutely charged $125 for it. It's immaculate. It's beautiful. It's structured, and at the same time it has a sustained elegance . . . Heitz — not surprising."
APRIL 2014
KAREN MACNEIL
WINE REVIEW
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BEST WINE IN THE WORLD
"In May 2012, a major tasting took place in Europe. 100 of the greatest wines ever produced were assembled, including all of the first growths of Bordeaux going back into the 1800s. . . . When the ballots were cast, the judges were unanimous that the best wine in the world was the 1974 Martha's Vineyard from Heitz."
APRIL 2013
JAMES CLUER IN NAPA
PART 8 - HEITZ WINE CELLARS
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