It takes time to learn the language of the land. To listen to what a place has to say about what it is and what it will give. Here on Howell Mountain, there is a wild purity and raw tension that awakens each one of our senses. At Ink Grade, our intent is to preserve this tension. To capture the untamed nature of the site and the structure of the terrain. Producing wines both pure and complex, elegant and robust, bold and profound. To do so requires patience and presence. Listening and attention. There is an art to listening. This is our art. This is Ink Grade.
Wrapped around the east side of Howell Mountain, our estate is rooted in the history of Napa Valley, dating back to California’s early gold-seeking settlers.
California boasts an astounding amount of biodiversity across a wide variety of natural ecosystems. All six of the world's major biomes can be found in California: marine, freshwater, forest, grassland, desert and tundra. Upwards of one thousand distinct plant communities can be counted within these ecoregions, contributing to a unique tapestry of diverse ecosystems and natural habitat for native species and wildlife.
Ink Grade’s label collection pays tribute to this natural ecosystem with a balanced composition of Californian Flora and Fauna artworks, retaining a confidence-inspiring sense of history. Our authentic labels are inspired by artists of the early 20th century with a respectful relationship with our California home.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
"The Solitary Oak," 1844, by Asher Brown Durand. Oil on Canvas,

Napa Valley Andosol
"View of the Yosemite Valley," 1865, by Thomas Hill. Oil on Canvas.

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
"Nasturtiums Illustration," 19th century, by Ellen Fisher. Chromolithograph.