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Arietta was founded in 1996 as a partnership between rare wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, winemaker John Kongsgaard, and his wife Maggy, all devotees of classical music. The vinous inspiration for Arietta was an extraordinary 2.3 acre block of Cabernet Franc on the Hudson Ranch in Napa/Carneros. The fruit from this block of Cabernet Franc serves as the core of the Arietta Red Wine (renamed Arietta H Block Hudson Vineyards in the 2000 vintage). The Arietta project grew with the selection of additional superb blocks of Merlot and Syrah on the Hudson Ranch. Arietta added two wines to its portfolio: Arietta Red Wine Variation One, a rare blend of Merlot and Syrah, and Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards, produced only in selected vintages.

Pursuing our principle of purchasing fruit only from the very finest vineyard blocks, Arietta in the 2003 vintage purchased a small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain vineyards farmed by famed Napa grower David Abreu. This fruit afforded us the opportunity to release a small quantity of Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon 2003.

Arietta’s exciting development continues with the 2004/5 vintage release. A small quantity of Arietta Claret 2004, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Arietta’s first white wine, Arietta On The White Keys 2005, a blend of hillside Sauvignon Blanc and old vine Semillon, will be offered to the mailing list in June 2006.