S E Chase Family Cellars

7079631284 2252 Sulphur Springs
St. Helena, CA 94574
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S. E. Chase Cellars pays homage to Sarah Esther Chase Bourn a woman who, like the wine which bears her name, demonstrated incredible strength of character, an indelible personality, and a take-notice presence. The wife a wealthy businessman, Sarah Esther Chase discovered the Napa Valley while visiting the area's spas in the late 1800's. But it was a tragedy that compelled her to create a home in the valley. After the loss of a young son, Sarah persuaded her husband William Bourn to purchase the Madrona Estate, as it was known, on the southwestern edge of St. Helena. With a strong will and determination Sarah turned the property into a working ranch. In addition to the vineyard that already existed, Sarah added chickens, olive trees, wheat, corn and even a silk worm farm to her holdings. A colorful figure in the community, who was noted as much for her travels to Europe with her daughters as her goings-on at Madrona, Sarah's legacy became the vineyard that first attracted her to the property. Upon the Read more »

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