Silver Oak is an esteemed winery that has carved its place in the industry by focusing exclusively on one varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery's story began in 1972 when Ray Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur, and Justin Meyer, a winemaker trained by Christian Brothers, joined forces. Starting in a Napa Valley dairy barn, they produced their inaugural vintage, consisting of only 1,000 cases. Over the next two decades, Silver Oak's wines gained widespread acclaim, becoming highly sought-after selections on restaurant wine lists across the country.
In 2001, Justin retired and sold his share of the winery to the Duncan family, represented by Ray's sons, David and Tim Duncan. Under their ownership, Silver Oak has continued its dedication to crafting exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. A significant turning point came in 2006 when a fire devastated the Oakville winery. Despite the challenges, this event provided an opportunity to rebuild from scratch and create a state-of-the-art facility. The result was a new winery that not only enhanced the quality of their Napa Valley Cabernets but also minimized their ecological footprint.
Sustainability has always been a cornerstone of Silver Oak's philosophy. They farm more than 400 acres of vines in Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, employing cutting-edge practices that prioritize environmental preservation. Nate Weis, a Napa Valley native, now oversees all grape-growing and winemaking operations, ensuring consistency and upholding the belief that their best wines are still to come. As a family-owned, multi-generational winery, Silver Oak is committed to environmental stewardship and social responsibility throughout every aspect of its operations. They believe that by operating thoughtfully and sustainably, they not only protect the resources for future generations but also create better wines in the process.