Heitz Cellar

2021 Merlot
St. Helena

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 56
Vintage: 2021

Heitz Cellar


St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • First-ever, single-vineyard 100% Merlot from Heitz Cellar
  • Sourced from the historic Spring Valley Vineyard in the eastern foothills of the St. Helena nested appellation
  • Heitz has been farmed organically since 1984
  • Our winery began the transition to biodynamic farming in 2019


For the first time in our history, we are honored to release a mono-varietal expression of Merlot. Fruit was sourced exclusively from the historic Spring Valley Vineyard in the foothills of the eastern St. Helena nested appellation, the home of Heitz Cellar. This vineyard site was established for viticulture nearly 150 years ago and possesses a mosaic of different soil types, elevations and aspects, making it one of the most unique examples of terroir throughout Napa Valley. Our vision from the start has always been to craft wines of balance and elegance that tell a story of where they come from. Through this lens, this wine expresses the terroir of eastern St. Helena from 100% Merlot on volcanic soils. The 2021 vintage is displayed perfectly through intense aromatics and concentration of flavor and mid-palate, giving this wine lift and vitality with the structure for significant aging.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Brittany Sherwood

Winemaker, Heitz Cellar

Winemaker, Brittany Sherwood

Growing up in Long Beach, Brittany Sherwood was fascinated with biology and living organisms—an interest that ultimately led to her enrollment in the pre-med program at UC Davis. While taking “Introduction to Winemaking” to fulfill a course requirement, she discovered that the class opened up a whole new world of what living organisms could be. “I saw how winemaking is an amazing blend of science and art. Plus I realized there is this whole other side to life, with food, wine and travel.”

Brittany quickly shifted her major to Viticulture and Enology. She took advantage of a work-study program in Europe, using her time there to gather invaluable experience in the wine regions of France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. When she came back to the States, she interned in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Brittany joined Heitz Cellar to work the 2012 vintage. “I felt profoundly lucky to be able to be part of this Napa Valley legacy,” she says. Following the harvest, Brittany traveled to Australia's Barossa region to expand her knowledge and when she returned in June 2013, Heitz welcomed her as an official member of the team.

As Heitz Cellar’s Winemaker, Brittany works closely with vineyard management, from poring over thinning schedules in summer to choosing smaller picks between blocks at harvest: “There is a lot of collaboration so that at the end of the day we are making the best decisions possible.” She oversees and manages the production and laboratory team to ensure quality every step of the way from crush and fermentation to the wines’ extensive aging and determining when they are ready for bottling. “All my travel allowed me to work with many different winemakers and to see how they managed quality control and analysis in different kinds of facilities,” she notes. “I was able to bring that breadth of knowledge back to Heitz with me.”

Brittany’s approach to winemaking is one of minimal intervention that highlights each vineyard’s unique qualities as well as vintage expression. “I want to craft wines that are respectful of both the site and the vintage and that showcase these qualities in a fresh, age-worthy, classic style,” she explains.

Under the Lawrence family’s leadership, Brittany is excited to carry the winery’s traditions forward. “At Heitz Cellar, I have gained a profound appreciation of a classic style of winemaking and deep respect for this winery’s history,” she explains, while also welcoming the opportunity this moment presents. “The transition between winemakers should be seamless but can also allow for a fresh perspective and a personal touch.”

Brittany lives in Napa with her husband Tom. Their perfect day away from work involves hiking or any kind of outdoor activity, and they enjoy traveling the world together.

Country born: United States of America

Education: University of California Davis- BS in Viticulture and Enology with a minor in Managerial Economics
UC Davis Winemaking Study Abroad in France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Internships in Oregon and Australia
Greatest mentors are David Heitz and Eric White

Years in the wine industry: 9 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
"Our philosophy has always been to produce Napa Valley wines in a classic, elegant style that showcases true varietal characteristics and specific vineyard locations. My personal influence is to refine that sense of purity and hone our techniques using new technology while respecting and continuing our history and legacy."

Winery Distribution

Heitz Cellar is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Heitz Cellar Contact: Brittany Sherwood


  • Bermuda ( Gosling'S Limited Bermuda )
  • Canada ( Select Wines )
  • Caribbean ( Jacques Scott )
  • Caribbean ( Bacchus )
  • Caribbean ( Arion Wine Co. )
  • Germany ( Unger Weine Kg )
  • Japan ( Pieroth Japan K.K.- Japan 7200 )
  • Mexico ( Vinos Vinedos Y Bodegas )
  • Norway ( Vinarius )
  • Philippines ( Premium Wine Exchange )
  • Singapore ( Excaliber Fine Wines Pte Ltd )
  • South Korea ( Nara Cellar Co Korea )
  • Sweden ( Vinunic AB )
  • Switzerland ( Martel Ag )
  • Thailand ( Vanichwathana Co Ltd )
  • United Arab Emirates ( Harts International Retailers )
  • United Kingdom ( Berry Bros. & Rudd )
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