In 1994, Voss Vineyards was conceived and founded by Australian Robert Hill Smith, the fifth-generation proprietor of Yalumba Winery in Barossa Valley, as well as Nautilus Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. With 160 years of Australian winemaking heritage and experience behind him, Hill Smith approaches wines in Australia, New Zealand and California with a focus on adventure, innovation and a strong respect for matching variety with terroir. With Sauvignon Blanc the priority is to craft wines that are pure and expressive.
From a region dominated by big, bold reds, Robert discovered a vineyard ideally suited to Sauvignon Blanc. From 1996 - 2008, Hill Smith owned a 42 acre block (San Mateo Ranch vineyard) in Rutherford. The heavy clay soil present in the vineyard produces Sauvignon Blanc grapes of intensely perfumed tropical and citrus fruits with crisp acidity. Voss Vineyards is focused solely on hand-crafting excellent, regionally expressive Sauvignon Blanc.
The first Voss Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc was made in 1994 and had an immediate impact on the US drinking public, many struggling to believe that it came from the Napa Valley. Robert’s hunch was also quickly vindicated by the international critics when Voss Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc was named “Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World” at the 1998 London International Wine and Spirits Competition, as well as “Best of Show” at the World Wine Championships, Chicago.
This spirit of adventure and desire to accentuate purity of fruit and freshness in the wine was further reinforced when Voss became one of the first Napa Sauvignons to embrace the screwcap closure - from the 2005 vintage. Robert Hill Smith’s experience with this closure in Australia from the 1970s (with Riesling) and New Zealand from the early 2000s (with Sauvignon Blanc) gave him the confidence to proceed.
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477 Devlin Road Suite #101,
Napa, CA, 94558
Michael Lancaster was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from the University of Western Ontario in 1982 and went on to work as a Financial Analyst for Nabisco. Michael remained in the financial business for ten years, before succumbing to his interest in wine and developing it into his career.
Michael's introduction to the world of winemaking came via Stonechurch Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario in 1992, where he learned the ropes as cellar master and assistant winemaker, before relocating to California and taking on an Enologist role with Gloria Ferrer Caves in Sonoma. Hands-on and focused, Michael studied Enology & Viticulture at the University of California, Davis from 1993 to 1995. His experience to date includes making wine for both Quail Ridge Cellars and Quail Creek Winery , becoming a partner in Tin Barn Vineyards , and consulting to Collier Falls Vineyards .