UPDATED DECEMBER 2023

Carefully Crafted: Coursey Graves Welcomes Guests to their Mountain Estate
Step into a postcard at their stunning, high elevation vineyard


High on a mountaintop in the storied Sonoma Valley, sit rolling vineyards, magical French-style gardens and a boutique winery producing delectable site driven wines. This is Coursey Graves Estate Winery. The endeavor, built over the last eight years by John Graves & Cabell Coursey, is not just a tasting room, but a luxury experience that is true to the land and the team that has carefully crafted every acre.

Wine lovers are invited to immerse themselves in the Coursey Graves experience. As guests arrive, they’ll rise 1,500 feet up Bennett Mountain and be greeted by colorful gardens and the signature pond – that truly look straight out of a Monet painting – with vibrant blooms and native plants. The signature pond, complete with a handmade bridge and boat, attracts a variety of wildlife, from red-tail hawks, egrets and jack rabbits to bobcats and coyotes. By the time visitors reach the tasting room, they’ll know they’ve been transported somewhere special.

“When we first walked the property together, we knew it had the potential to be spectacular,” said John Graves, owner of Coursey Graves. “Cabell and I saw the bones of what we have carefully restored and revitalized today – rugged hills, natural volcanic rock and breathtaking views. Given his extensive knowledge of winemaking and his deep understanding of the property itself, I was confident we’d be able to bring his vision to life. Today, we’re thrilled to share the culmination of our work and invite you to enjoy it with us.”

“The style of our wine is a testament to the environment we’ve curated here on the mountain top,” said Cabell Coursey, winemaker at Coursey Graves. “We focus on plush and opulent French varietals that benefit from our temperate climate, cool evening winds and high elevation.”

The best way to experience Coursey Graves wines is to visit the estate where no two tasting experiences are alike. The winery’s 90-minute signature tasting experience begins with a guided stroll through the hillside vineyards, beautiful gardens, and working boutique winery. Then guests can relax in a private area to taste a lineup of wines while taking in the panoramic views of Bennett Valley. Wine Club members have their own private tasting deck on the estate, which overlooks the enchanting Merlot vineyard – the ultimate vantage point.

In 2023, Coursey Graves harvested grapes for its ninth bottled vintage. Coursey Graves’ grapes come from their Bennett Mountain estate as well as their consciously farmed sites on the Sonoma Coast and from several iconic Napa Valley AVAs, including Howell Mountain and Oakville. Visitors can sample beautiful, current release wines, including the 2019 Bennett Mountain Estate Blend, 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet, 2019 Syrah, and 2021 Chardonnay.

Coursey is expecting the 2023 harvest to produce incredible wines in the years ahead.

“This year our grapes have had more time to develop complex flavors which will allow their unique characteristics to develop. They’ll be fruity with purity and freshness – and can be enjoyed right away or will age beautifully ” Coursey said. “Our goal is to protect the unique characteristics of our grapes and preserve what this exceptional terroir brings to our fruit. ”

Reservations are available seven days a week and can be booked online or by phone 707-867-1888.

For more information, visit us online or follow on social media @courseygraves on Instagram and Facebook.