In 1977, Flora and Jerry Komes purchased a home at the end of West Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena believing it to be “the perfect place to retire.” This home included an abandoned winery and vineyards. Their son John, with a passion for wine, proposed that the old winery building on the property be revived. Together, in 1978, Flora and Jerry with son John, daughter Julie and son-in-law Pat Garvey founded Flora Springs. The name came from two life-giving forces: the springs that flow unceasingly from the hills behind the winery and the beloved family matriarch, Flora Komes.
Flora Springs, located in the heart of Napa Valley, has been a family affair for over three decades. As the family has grown, so have their vineyards. Flora Springs now owns 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, in some of the region’s most-coveted sub-appellations, including Rutherford, St. Helena, Oakville and Carneros. From the beginning, the vineyards have been farmed using sustainable practices. Not only do these practices make for good neighbors, healthy vineyard workers, and an ecologically sound place to live and work, they also make some pretty outstanding grapes. Several years ago, Flora Springs started farming organically wherever possible. Today, ninety percent of Flora Springs' red wines are sourced from its organically farmed estate vineyards, and all of these wines are crafted in their solar-powered 19th-century stone winery and caves.
Third-generation vintners and cousins Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, both of whom grew up at the winery washing barrels and sweeping floors, are now poised to take the helm guiding the winery into a new era of artisan winemaking in the spirit of tradition, innovation, and community values epitomized by their grandparents, Flora and Jerry.
Born in St. Helena, California winemaker Paul Steinauer studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Oregon. He worked five harvests at Joseph Phelps Winery between school years before realizing that wine was his true calling. In 1990, he jumped at the opportunity to join the Flora Springs team as Assistant Winemaker. In 2008, Paul was promoted to Winemaker at Flora Springs.
Paul’s wine education has come through experience in the cellar at Flora Springs, enology courses at UC Davis, and since 1993, through his tasting group that includes winemakers at several Napa Valley wineries. He counts the magnificent estate fruit from Flora Springs’ 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley as a real boon to his task as a winemaker. “At Flora Springs, we’re able to have seamless communication between the farming side and the production side,” says Paul. He credits Vineyard Director Pat Garvey and President John Komes with keeping the quality of Flora Springs’ wines a top priority as evidenced in the vineyard farming practices and winery technology.
Wine Advocate 12/2016
"One of the more historic and long-term producers of Napa Valley wine (particularly their bevy of Cabernet Sauvignons), Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards sits on the west side of Highway 29 in Rutherford. Along with Joseph Phelps, they were one of the first to produce a proprietary Bordeaux blend from various grapes."
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