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Our Story

The original inhabitants of Calistoga used the word “elusa” to signify keeping hold of something precious. Elusa wines are crafted with minimal intervention to spotlight their prized vineyard origins.

These wines reflect our commitment to remain obsessively local, and to foreground what is powerfully unique to this less-travelled outpost of the Napa Valley.

Our winemaking holds the vineyard above all else. Our hospitality elevates the Elusa guest experience to a curated immersion in the crafting of rare wines. 

“‘Minimalistic’ is the best descriptor for our winemaking process. Elusa wines reflect this, as well as the unique growing conditions of Calistoga.”
Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker

Power and Restraint 

The Calistoga AVA is where the greatest temperature shifts occur in the Napa Valley. The daytime heat is ideal for letting clusters hang to peak ripeness, while the cool of night allows the vines to rest, resulting in a more balanced wine, at once powerful and restrained. 

Explore our wines

Tasting Sessions

Get acquainted with our latest releases. Delve into the Elusa library with a vertical of Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon. Or take a guided tour of the vineyard and winery and taste various stages en route to the finished wine. 

Reservations

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Limited-production wines from our celebrated winemaker are now available. You might begin your membership with a sampling of our current releases, or clear space in your cellar for rare vintages.

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Credits

DESIGN: Pembroke Studios
DEVELOPMENT: Wine Works
PHOTOGRAPHY: Carroll Creative