Frog's Leap | Napa Valley, USA
John Williams is one of the true legends of the California wine industry. We won’t go through the whole history of Frog’s Leap here (you can read the story here instead) but suffice it to say John fell in love with wine in the early 1970’s while a student (sounds a familiar tale). John hooks up with Larry Turley and they decide to make wine together. There is one serious problem however, money or the lack of it. John needs a job and Larry introduces John to Warren Winiarski and he becomes the first employee at Stag’s Leap. Leap forward (get it!) several years and the Frog’s Leap label is born with grapes purchased from Spottswoode.
John is one of the great advocates for great wine being grown not made. To this end Frog's Leap has been farming organically since 1988. They also believe that most of the great and historic wines of the world have been made from non-irrigated grapevines, and to that end Frog’s Leap farms all of its vineyards without irrigation.
They adhere to the premise that the greatest wines are those that most truly reflect their soil, climate and circumstance (collectively referred to as “terroir”), and that it is the winemaker’s role to simply stand back and let the natural beauty of the grapes show through.