In 1991, Dr. Jan Krupp was a successful physician with a green thumb and a passion for great wine. Although still working full-time as an internist, he spent his spare time developing his 41-acre vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, learning the intricacies of grape cultivation and making wine in his cellar.
Four years later, Jan and his brother Bart fell in love with a rugged mountain site for sale just up the road from his Napa home. Though harsh – strewn with rocks, some the size of SUVs, and choked with chaparral – he knew that the 750-acre parcel straddling Pritchard Hill and the Atlas Peak Appellation had the makings of a world-class vineyard.
Several of Napa’s elite vintners passed on the opportunity to buy this untamed land – reasoning the risks and challenges were too great. That would change when this unchartered land became one of Napa’s most renowned vineyards – Stagecoach Vineyard. But the road there wasn’t easy.
The Krupp brothers created their first wine, the Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon, in 1999. Over the years, the Krupp Brothers portfolio would also expand to include the M5 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Doctor - named for Dr. Jan Krupp, a Chardonnay, Black Bart Syrah - a nod to Bart Krupp and the legendary stagecoach robber and other limited-production wines.
Dr Krupp carefully selects and meticulously tends a small percentage of Stagecoach Vineyard fruit for the Krupp wines.
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