Riverain is the vision of three close friends who share a love of wine, the wine country, and a passion for developing wines that reflect the character of the prestigious sites from where they are grown.
After more than a decade of "visits" to the wine country to purchase hand crafted boutique wines, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery, Steve Nordhoff, Laurie Gray and Dean Gray decided to start the journey of creating a wine project that reflects their passion, past experiences, and love for the valley.
If you have ever been to the Napa, our story needs very little explanation as most visitors catch "the fever" upon arrival. Our personal experiences were no different. After much time spent, and a wedding held in a a small vineyard off of Silverado Trail between Dean and Laurie in the mid 2000's, signifigant friendships with others in the area began to develop for the three of us.
Over the next several years, Steve, an attorney by profession, but a wine geek at heart, continued to coordinate countless wine tasting trips for the three of us and many of our friends. During these visits, we gained an appreciation and working knowledge of what it takes to make consistently great wine.
In 2010, Napa became further imbedded in our souls as the Gray's purchased a home in Rutherford, not far from the Napa River. The intention of this home was to welcome family and friends, thus allowing them to enjoy the Napa experience firsthand. Riverain is a historical French term meaning "near the river" and also refers to a "local", and could not be a stronger reflection of how our partnership and lives have evolved over the past decade.
We hope that through our wines, you will feel the passion, care, and tremendous effort that has gone into each bottle by our winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, and his fabulous team.
We would love to hear about your Riverain experience once you have tried our wines. Please contact us through our website riverainvineyards.com or through Facebook at Riverain Vineyards.
The Riverain Team,
Steve, Laurie & Dean