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Alpha Omega’s winemaker and vineyard management teams know that world class wine begins in the vineyard. Farming vineyards on valley floor, hillside and mountain locations requires the expertise, experience, and collaboration of both teams to find the optimum plan in each vintage for each block of each vineyard.

In the cellar, the same intense focus exists from the moment each cluster of handpicked grapes reach the winery to the day the wine is bottled. The combination of traditional handcrafted techniques such as barrel fermentation augmented by modern technological advances like optical sorters creates wines that possess a true sense of place along with dramatic varietal character.

Alpha Omega Tasting Room

Alpha Omega farms prized grapes from its own vineyards and from historic vineyards in several of Napa Valley’s sub-AVAs, including Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Spring Mountain District, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Carneros that include valley floor, hillside and mountain terroirs.

In addition to our Signature Napa Valley wines and AVA Series wines, Alpha Omega produces single vineyard wines from some of the most sought-after vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Based on the nuances created by Mother Nature each year, selections from our best single vineyards are skillfully blended by our winemakers to create ERA, our flagship wine.

Learn more about our single vineyards

Alpha Omega vineyard works pruning vines

Handcrafting wines in the cellar begins with intuitive, experienced hands carefully managing our vineyards throughout the year Each vineyard is farmed with an emphasis on yearlong individual vine management and sustainable farming techniques that result in lower yields of perfectly ripe, high-quality grapes that dramatically express the essence of each vineyard’s unique characteristics.

Freshly picked grapes in a yellow Alpha Omega flat

The culmination of our hands approach in the vineyard occurs at harvest. Grapes are carefully handpicked in the middle of the night into small yellow bins that protect the integrity of each bunch of grapes. Cool night temperatures preserve the freshly picked grapes for their short journey to the winery for processing.

Watch this video of the 2020 night harvest at Alpha Omega’s Thomas vineyard.

 

Alpha Omega Optical Sorting

At grapes arrive at the winery, white grapes are whole cluster pressed before fermentation while red grapes are sorted by a state-of-the-art optical sorter which evaluates each grape based on the winemakers’ strict parameters thus eliminating all but the most superior grapes.

Grape juice in barrel being aerated

Alpha Omega has been a pioneer in barrel fermentation of red wines, a process that began with the first vintage in 2006. This unique style of fermentation for red wines is done almost entirely by hand, as each barrel undergoes it’s own fermentation. Individual barrel fermentation is a very labor-intensive process that creates an integration of oak and fruit flavors making the wine  approachable when young, but also empowering it to age gracefully in your cellar.

Alpha Omega Wine Barrels

Using only the finest French oak, our winemakers carefully select barrels from France’s finest barrel makers. Alpha Omega is one of the only wineries in the Napa Valley to have a full-time barrel cooper to oversee barrel maintenance. Constant attention is paid to the evolution of the wine in each barrel that provides insights for the winemaking team to decide its final destination. The expertise and art of blending these barrels is a cornerstone of creating consistency and quality in every wine produced by Alpha Omega.