Tor Kenward spent the last four decades familiarizing and embracing Napa in the hopes to fully comprehend the great wines from the region. Tor studied, worked with, and was mentored by some of the biggest names in the game, such as Mondavi, Tchelistcheff, Winiarski, Sbragia, Amerine, and many more. After spending 25 years working with Beringer on premium single-vineyard projects, Tor and his wife Susan founded TOR Wines in 2001. Jeff Ames, having come to the Valley back in 1999 as a winemaker, joined Tor in 2001 for the first bottling and has been their loyal partner ever since.
"We thrive on the strength of our team, the time-honored craft of making wine, and the love, care, and attention that goes into each vintage and bottle." - Susan Kenward
TOR Wines focuses on creating the best wines from the best regions within the Napa Valley, therefore they value their relationships with their winery partners dearly. Though holey Napa, TOR exposes the diversity of each region's terroir that makes all bottles unique. While their work with all-star locations such as Beckstoffer To Kalon in Oakville and Hyde Vineyard in Los Carneros would be expected from a Napa producer, TOR Wines has tapped into lesser-known locations throughout the Valley. These include Vine Hill Ranch and Tierra Roja Vineyards in Oakville, Beresini Vineyard in Los Carneros, and Melanson Vineyard in Pritchard Hill.
"Tor's wines are wonderful. I'm pleased to have him use the Tierra Roja name - the wine is a great representation of this vineyard." - Linda Neal, proprietor of Tierra Roja since 1987
The wines, as a result of carefully selected vineyard sites, hone in on the microclimates as well as individual personalities that can be found from block to block throughout the stunning Napa Valley.
|APPELLATION(S)||Carneros, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Oakville, Sonoma Valley|
|PROPRIETORS||Tor & Susan Kenward|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||2,660 cases|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)