Robert, Whitney, Cameron Fisher
Forty three years after Fred and Juelle Fisher founded Fisher Vineyards – and twenty one years after Fred and Juelle were Featured Vintners of DIWA (1995) – CCS is pleased to welcome back to Detroit the second generation of this wine family: Whitney Fisher, Rob Fisher and Cameron Fisher. With strong family ties to Michigan and Detroit (Charles T. Fisher, Jr. and Elizabeth Briggs Fisher – grandparents), we share a strong sense of dedication to our mission.
The second-generation siblings of Fisher Vineyards grew up around the winery – quite literally amongst the vines on the winery’s mountain estate. All three attended Sonoma Country Day School, founded by Juelle Fisher, followed by prep-school and college on the east coast. One by one, each forged their own path home from earlier endeavors between 1999 and 2007, joining together to lead the estate vineyards and winery over the past two decades.
Fisher Vineyards was founded in 1973, when Fred and Juelle Fisher purchased 100 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western slope of Spring Mountain. There, they built a winery tucked in among the vines and Douglas Firs. The winery itself is a product of the estate, erected from the timber that was cut and milled on-site and crafted into an award-winning facility by their good friend and architect, William Turnbull.
In 1976, the family added another 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, running from the Napa River to the Eastern Vaca Range in Calistoga, adjacent to the famed Eisele Vineyard.
Today, Fisher Vineyards stands alone as the longest established, family run winery to produce wines from estate vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma. Blessed by significant contributions over five decades from several of California’s greatest wine talents (including Paul Hobbs, Mia Klein, David Abreu, Aaron Pott and Adam Goodrich), Fisher Vineyards now releases thirteen small-production bottlings each year; nine annual releases under the Fisher Vineyards label are estate grown, four others are bottled under the UNITY brand and include fruit from other growers.
To grow and produce wines of consistent, world-class quality that express their unique mountain or valley heritage in the truest sense of terroir; the resulting wines should pay tribute to the land we are fortunate to care for, as well as each member of our team, which together yields classic balance and style that transcends time.
"We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines sing their praise, and we are grateful." - Fred J. Fisher, Proprietor
The average score of more than 400 reviews of Fisher wines, over five decades, published between the Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Vinous Media, is over 92 Points. More significant for some: by Robert Parker’s assessment, the winery produced the first, highest rated, near-perfect Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma County history (99 Points in 1997). But perhaps most intriguing is Antonio Galloni’s latest note that asserts ‘…there is something magical about the Fisher Vineyards mountain estate…. producing wines that are contemporary in style, with leaning towards the classic.’