PerUs Wine Company in Yountville was founded by a group of entrepreneurs. They describe their winemaking venture as “a convergence of people, events and wine … conceived to create a legacy of excellence, a multi-generational entity that embraces the highest standards of business and fundamental human ideals.” The company notes that “PerUs connects people who care about wine, but equally aspire to live fully and well.” The eight founders include head winemaker Russell Bevan, a former wine writer who started making wine in 2004. He earned 100 pts from Wine Advocate for his 2011 Bevan Cellars Tin Box Cabernet Sauvignon. PerUs makes Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The site notes that allocation is by invitation only.
Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,