In 1964, Louis Honig purchased a 68-acre ranch in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley. Planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, he sold these to neighboring wineries. Louis worked to create a family gathering place, while he dreamed of the day he could retire from his San Francisco advertising agency and make wine from his vineyard. He passed away before he could realize his dream, so in 1981, his family produced a few hundred cases of Louis Honig Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard’s old tractor barn. After winning a Gold Medal at the Orange County Fair, the family decided to increase production, and Honig Vineyard & Winery was born.
In 1984, at the age of 22, grandson Michael Honig took over management business. In 1989 the family began producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, and as the business grew, family members Regina Weinstein, Steven Honig, and Stephanie Honig joined Michael in the winery.
Today, Winemaker Kristin Belair focuses production solely on Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Honig wines can be found on fine wine lists across the country. The Honig family are leaders in sustainability, both in the vineyard and the winery, and what began as a small “garage” winery has today become a successful family enterprise, with everyone working collaboratively to run an inspiring and socially responsible business.