Longfellow Wines Story
Longfellow was founded in 2000 by two childhood friends, Mark Smith and Craig Whitney, with the goal of producing high quality single vineyard wines of unique character and distinction. The 2001 wines are Longfellow's inaugural vintage and are the result of two years of hard work and planning. One would think that we named our new winery Longfellow because of some deep seeded love for the eponymous poet (just think of the marketing potential), but in reality, Longfellow is the name of the neighborhood we grew up in Maryland.
We both went our separate ways after graduating from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) but wound up in Northern California after graduate school. A spring break trip to the Napa Valley while in college sparked our initial interest in wine and the Napa Valley (I think we hit about twelve wineries in a single afternoon), but our subsequent proximity to the Napa Valley and an ever increasing knowledge of California wines stoked our entrepenural spirit to do something more in the wine business.
To us, Longfellow represents our long friendship through the years and with the release of the 2001 vintage, our passion to produce the highest quality wines. Wine has become an important part of our lives and a common thread that has brought our close families and friends together. We hope that Longfellow wines will become a part of your lives especially when you celebrate good times with your close friends and family.
We are big fans of "BIG" wines. With our wines, Longfellow looks to produce wines that have deep color and concentrated layers of aromas and flavors yet are balanced from start through finish. Our goal is to produce wines that will get better over time, but ones that you will be talking about after dinner and tell your friends about the next day.
As with all exceptional wines, the quality starts in the vineyard. With the Longfellow label, we committed that for each varietal, if high quality fruit could not be procured, the wine would not be made. Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a small vineyard in the Coombsville AVA in Napa; our Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast; and our Syrah from the Unti Vineyard in Dry Creek. Our ultimate case production will depend solely on the ability to source grapes from extraordinary vineyards.
Longfellow is very fortunate and proud to have Rolando Herrera as its winemaker. He is the foundation of Longfellow's winemaking philosophy. He shares the singular goal of only producing exceptional wines of unique character.