Tournesol Wines Story
In 1998 Bob & Anne Arns purchased their dream property of glently sloping terrain in the southeastern part of Napa Valley, now known as the highly acclaimed Coombsville AVA. They shared a long-term goal of creating a small estate focusing on Bordeaux varieties. In 1999, they planted their 15 acres with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
The Arns chose Ken Bernards (Ancien Wines) to be their winemaker because of shared sensibility for artisanal winemaking practices and sustainability in farming. As stewards of the land, they believe that their primary responsibility is to protect and reinforce its sustainability. Tournesol's Vineyard Manager, Carlos Martinez, works closely with their Viticulturist, Zach Berkowitz, to ensure ecological grape production and superior wine quality. Ken made the first wines for the Arns in 2002. All Tournesol wines have been made in a certified organic winery facility managed by Ken just minutes away from the vineyards. They chose the name Tournesol because in French it means "sunflower" or literally, "turn towards the sun". The vineyard rows are planted so that the sun travels in an almost straight line over the vine rows during the growing season. The sunflower is often used as an emblem for green ideology.