David Abreu was born and raised in Napa Valley, where his family has been involved in farming for three generations. As a teenager he worked summers at Inglenook and Caymus vineyards and soon became one of the valley’s most respected viticulturalists. In 1980 he planted his own Madrona Ranch vineyard located west of St. Helena. He produced his first wine in 1986 with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Madrona Ranch vineyard. His first commercial release from Abreu Vineyard, as he has called his winery, was the 1987 Abreu Madrona Ranch. Today Abreu owns about 60 acres of vineyards though wines currently come from only two, Madrona Ranch and Thorevilos. He grows Merlot and Petit Verdot along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Known as a perfectionist when it comes to growing grapes and maintaining vineyards, Abreu’s wines are also among the most acclaimed coming out of California. He produces fewer than 10,000 bottles a year.