Who We Are…
With pure passion, We pride ourself on bringing the best grapes to glass from our Estate Vineyard. A truly unique and special wine in every bottle.
Dana Topping & Rick Legnon are friends and business partners, who have always had a deep passion for wines. In 2007 we purchased the previously owned Burgess Family vines in Lake County AVA with 18 acres in the St. Helena mountains. The Bordeaux varietals, planted 20 years prior – showed incredible potential! With some love and care for the vineyard, all was ready for harvest. We began to produce our first vintage in 2009 but distributed much of the fermented juice to some surrounding wineries (Hess, Clos du Bois and Caymus) in the industry.
The first labeled vintage was 2012 and we created a classic French style label, showing all our hand-written winemaker’s notes. Then in 2015 we brought on a special label with Dana’s friend Dwight Clark commemorating “The Catch”. Next was a special “Artist Series” (Dana’s brother Paul as featured artist) in 2018, 19 with four premium varietals that have received silver and gold awards for excellence! With such small production (2000 cases per year), we are considered a Micro-Boutique Winery.
We have made the conscientious choice to strive and be environmentally considerate and responsible with our vineyard. It is our standard to never use harmful chemicals or pesticides on our vines or in our soil. We use superior farming methods with organic composting and essential oils as a pest repellent.
Today our world-class Master Winemaker, Christopher Mora, carefully selects each handpicked harvest before the grapes are ready for crush. Some of our vintages, we ‘press’ the grapes by a natural gravity flow method. This is completely stress-free on the grapes, resulting in gorgeous fruit flavors and powerful tannins. All wines are aged for a minimum of 12 months – Pinots, whites and reserves for 18 -24 months – with a mixture of New French Oak from Provence and Neutral Oak from Burgundy.
We believe that this dedication to an all-natural product contributes to the highest quality in world- class wines. We hope you can share our passion and enjoy a bottle of Topping and Legnon Wines! Please browse this website or visit our tasting room at Perspective Cellars in Fredericksburg, Texas.