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John and Denise Graves, Owners

Gazing over the magnificent Bennett Mountain Vineyard, for John and Denise, it was love at first sight. In 2015, they acquired the former winery and sheep farm, driven to revive its innate beauty. While partner, Cabell Coursey focused on vines and wines, they hired renowned architect Charles Stinson to seamlessly blend three buildings into the landscape. The Winery & Barn debuted in 2017, followed by the Hilltop House in 2022. A guy who loves to play with tools, John handcrafted the pond’s iconic bridge and ornamental boat. He is behind preserving our cherished oaks and planting the vibrant olive trees along the drive. Say hello when you spot John, sporting his signature baseball cap and work gloves, dashing around the estate!

John and Denise’s three children and five grandchildren frequently gather at the Hilltop House for family fun (and the latest Coursey Graves wine). With strong ties to Minnesota, they’ve committed the majority of their wealth to a family foundation led by son Bill, focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged youth.

Cabell Coursey, Winemaker

Cabell’s career started in Burgundy, France picking grapes during a semester abroad. After graduation, he returned to Burgundy to work in vineyards throughout Cote de Nuits. Cabell had the privilege to work some of the very last vintages under Jacky Truchot and Henri Jayer.

Cabell attended Lincoln University in New Zealand, earning graduate degrees in Enology and Viticulture. Cabell’s passion for cool climate viticulture and methodical winemaking led to winemaking positions at acclaimed wineries across AVAs in both Napa and Sonoma. 

Cabell approaches winemaking with an intention to preserve freshness and a concept of purity and age-ability. The result is a wine deeply tied to both a moment in time and place.

Our Core Values

Exceptional experiences every time.
Fearlessly embracing getting better.
Tackling any task, big or small.
Lifelong learners, always seeking growth.
Better together, lifting each other up as a team.

Our Winery & Estate Story

The Coursey Graves Story
Estate Restoration

An Interview with Owners, John & Denise Graves

Our Gardens

By Matt Ripley, Landscape Designer

The Architecture

By Merritt Bambrick, March 18, 2021 

In 2015, Cabell Coursey and John Graves looked at a rugged, mountaintop vineyard and had a vision to create not only carefully crafted wines that showcase the terroir, but also an estate that transports visitors to hillside vineyards and beautiful Monet-style gardens with panoramic views 1500 ft above the valley.
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The vision for the property included both preservation of its natural beauty and the crafting of exceptional wine. Despite some major natural challenges along the way, they’ve been committed to restoring the rugged, rocky property to produce phenomenal wines and create an unparalleled tasting experience.
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After the 2017 Santa Rosa fires, a swath of the property was reduced to ash and rocky, barren soil. The journey from that blackened landscape to the vibrant gardens and incredible biodiversity of today sprang from Cabell and John’s vision and the talent of landscape designer Matt Ripley.
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 Inspired by the vines, the hillside and the sun, architect Charles Stinson used the property’s natural assets, native stone and wood to create a one-of-a-kind estate with no detail overlooked.
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