History & Geography
Vintner Barry Waitte founded Tamber Bey Vineyards in 1999, when he purchased a 60-acre vineyard in the Yountville Appellation and an 11-acre property in the renowned Oakville Appellation. This marked his entry into the wine business as a grower. Waitte planted three acres of premium Cabernet Sauvignon on the Oakville property, and this vineyard came to be called the Oakville Estate Vineyard. In 2000, Waitte hired winemaker Thomas Brown as the founding winemaker for Tamber Bey wines. Waitte originally named the Yountville vineyard the Two Rivers Vineyard as a tribute to the “two personalities of the Napa River,” which borders the vineyard. The early vintages of Tamber Bey wine have this vineyard designation. Waitte later changed the name to the Deux Chevaux Vineyard to pay homage to Tamber Bey’s namesake, his first two Arabian horses, Tamber & Bey. Though wine-making is the primary business at the Tamber Bey, the Ranch is also home to over 45 horses.
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