From Legacy to Legend


Liparita was one of the first brands in the Napa Valley to designate vineyard origin on the label, with Liparita Howell Mountain Claret.

And this was the first wine from California to win a gold medal at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

Liparita was one of the first "brands" in Napa even before brands were part of the lexicon of winemaking.


Liparita in the 1880s

The Liparita stone cellar built in 1880 by W. F. Keyes, the son of the General Keyes. This cellar still stands high atop Howell Mountain in the heart of Napa Valley region.

Brand Stewards

Spencer and Lindsay Hoopes are focused on making great Cabernets that are unique expressions of the viticultural areas that make Napa internationally renowned. in 2006, Spencer purchased and revived the Liparita brand. Today Spencer and Lindsay walk the vineyards and plans for the future of this successful soil. Lindsay Hoopes is a member of the next generation of winemakers who grew up in the Napa Valley, and in many cases worked alongside their families before leaving to go to school or work in other places.


A Century of Golds

Recognized with a gold & bronze medal at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and awarded a gold medal in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition, a rare feat for a Napa Valley wine. In 1880, William Keyes, a geologist, came to Napa Valley and discovered what he felt was a remarkable area on Howell Mountain with the perfect soils for wine. The soils reminded him of those on Lipari Island, a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Sicily, and that became in inspiration for the name “Liparita.”


Liparita Now

The new label retains the heritage of the past, but displays the crested initial of the new proprietor, Spencer Hoopes. The winemaking concept is similar as well, focused on making great wines from extraordinary appellations.