Peter Heitz, Winemaker
We’re incredibly honored to work with Peter Heitz. A fourth-generation winemaker born and raised in the Napa Valley, Peter has long been earning accolades for his work, including a number of 100-point scores from Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker for his Turnbull Wine Cellars reds. He has a loyal and well-deserved following for his own label, Shypoke, and our eternal gratitude for his contributions as a friend, neighbor, mentor and winemaker.
It all began with a family trip to Provence in 1988. After way too many hours of motoring along remote country roads in search of Montbrun-les-Bains, the kids were hot, tired, cranky and hungry, and every restaurant we passed had already closed for the afternoon. The situation was grim. But in the last moments before meltdown, we stumbled across a little bistro with its doors still open. The owner took pity on our young family and to everyone’s great relief, served us steak frites with a bottle of cool Rosé. That bottle started our love affair with the French countryside. Little did we know it would lead us to 2880.
Several summers after the Rosé rescue, we rented a house in Calistoga with beautiful views of lavender, olive trees and the Palisades — a mile-long ridge that bears a striking resemblance to the Dentelles de Montmirail range in Provence. Thanks in part to jet lag, we decided then and there to start searching for a home in Napa Valley instead of France.
As luck would have it, we found a property on the valley floor in 2000. It had beautiful views of the Palisades but not much more. We planted lavender, olive trees and most importantly, 300 vines of Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. 2880 Wines was officially launched in 2006 when we bottled a whopping 13 cases of Red Wine blended from the three varietals. The heart of 2880 continues to be the backyard vineyard…there’s a little bit of “Backyard” in every bottle.
When it was time to expand the portfolio, we added Rosé (of course) and then Sauvignon Blanc (another of John’s favorite varietals) to the lineup. Today, the winery produces around 600 cases of Napa Valley wine, all crafted by award-winning winemaker Peter Heitz.
Our team is also our family.
JOHN KANE-HARTNETT (Owner & Dad) worked as a teacher, wine retailer and wine distributor before becoming a vintner. He says, “Making wines that I’m excited to drink and proud to share with my friends and family is my favorite job so far.”
In her previous career as executive director of a large nonprofit, BETSY KANE-HARTNETT (Owner & Mom) was known for saying “Together we’re better.” Today she finds the same holds true for grapes. “I love our red blend... it’s got layers and layers of flavor with each grape contributing something unique. Sort of like our family!”
MEGHAN KANE-HARTNETT (General Manager & Daughter) officially started working at 2880 Wines in the spring of 2016 after a five-year stint at a distributor in New York City. “Wine is so multifaceted...it combines farming, culture, history, geography, food and people. Sitting around a table with friends and family enjoying a good bottle of wine and listening to great music is definitely my happy place.”
JESSE AND LIZA KANE-HARTNETT (Son & Daughter, Brand Ambassadors) lend a hand whenever possible, especially at harvest.
2880 Wines are sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards, and is a proud member of Calistoga Winegrowers.
THE 2880 BACKYARD VINEYARD is located on the valley floor — at the base of Mount St. Helena — at the northernmost end of the Napa Valley. Thanks to Calistoga AVA’s unique summer temperature swings (cool nights and hot days), its well-drained volcanic soils, and our hand tending, the estate vineyard consistently produces wines that make us proud.