An Historical Site
Bella Union’s origins lie deep in the history and geology of the Napa Valley. Bella Oaks Lane, on the northwest border of the vineyard property, was originally the Bella Union Roadway, which is the inspiration for our winery’s name. This rural, dirt road led into the Mayacamas Mountains and eventually to the Bella Union Mining Company, which flourished in the 1880s.
The land was gold for the era’s grape growers. Farmers like John Benson, who founded Far Niente, and John C. Sullenger, whose farmstead became home to Nickel & Nickel, owned nearby parcels and were two of the visionaries who sowed the early seeds to the valley’s modern-day success as one of the world’s premier Cabernet regions.
Inset from the Official Map of the
County of Napa, 1895