Experience

California, United States


At a Glance
  • Catherine and Travis Vale met in New Zealnd on a bus tour called "Experience New Zealand".  This is where their story began and how Experience got its name
  • Travis greew up on the Sonoma Coast of California and is a veteran of the wine industry, while Catherine grew up as the daughter of a master brewer for Stella Artois in London and worked for Chateau & Estates
  • The Vale's purchased a home and vineyard in the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa in 2010 and Experience wines was created.  The 8 acre property is planted to Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec
  • The flagship of Experience Wines is the Napa Valley Cabernet that leans more towards red fruits with a bright, vivid finish.  A very nice and distinctive style of Napa Cabernet
  • In addition to the Cabernet, Experience also produces small amounts of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a Red Blend

Experience Wines is a project created by Catherine and Travis Vale.  Travis was born in California wine country on the Sonoma Coast.  It was here that he found his love for winemaking and first worked harvest in 1998.  Catherine was born and raised in London as the daughter of a master brewer for Stella Artois. Travis and Catherine met by chance in 2001 when they were both working in New Zealand.  That chance meeting happened to be on a bus tour named “Experience New Zealand”.  Returning to California, Travis worked for Hartford Court, Refuge and Ca’ Momi wineries while Catherine took a position with Chateau & Estates.

In 2010 they decided to make their dream a reality and started Experience Wines.  The heart of their production is from an 8 acre vineyard in front of their home planted in 1991 located on the Silverado Trail in the Oak Knoll sub AVA of Napa Valley.  The vineyard is planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon with a block each of Merlot and Malbec.  In addition to their estate property, Travis and Catherine source fruit from growers with whom they have had long standing relationships.

The idea behind creating Experience Wines is to produce wines that are reflective of the beautiful California fruit and offer great pleasure, while at the same time are tremendous values.  The bulk of Experience Wines production is the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to the Cabernet they also make a Napa Valley Red Blend and a small amount of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.