Producing fine wine since 1984.

Founded in 1984, Havens Winery started with a vision to utilize Napa Valley’s richly diversified microclimates and follow traditional methods to produce Merlot, Syrah, and Bourriquot, a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend modeled after Chateau Cheval Blanc. In 2010, Havens joined the Smith-Anderson Wine Group family. With 30 years of experience in producing exceptional wines, Smith-Anderson introduced Cabernet Sauvigon and Chardonnay to Havens’ collection. Havens Winery uses grapes from regions spanning Carneros to Howell Mountain and is known for red blends that combine smooth flavors and rich textures.

Meet the winemaker

Don Baker brings a wide range of experience to his role as senior winemaker for Stonehedge Winery. Over the past three decades Don has done it all – cellar work, winemaking, winery design and construction oversight, marketing and international business relations. His portfolio includes positions with Joseph Phelps, William Hill, Merryvale, and Kendall-Jackson’s Vina Calina venture in Chile.

Don believes that the winemaker’s role is to bring what nature created in the vineyard into the bottle and onto the table with as little interference as possible. He sums up his philosophy in these words, “Let the fruit show the way.”

Don’s expertise goes beyond the science of fermentation and related advances, such as micro-oxygenation. Don is a master working with oak in all its forms from barrels to in-tank staves. He has worked with oak grown in the many forests of France such as Allier, Never and Vosges; Eastern Europe and the many forests of the United States.

Don is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. Don and his wife Lynne, a registered nurse, reside in Napa. Their five adult children are happily engaged in their own careers.

You can reach Don at don_baker@sa-napavalley.com or (707) 257-1068 x401.


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