Road 31 Wine Company

Road 31 Wine produces tiny batches of one handcrafted Napa Valley Pinot Noir. The label pays homage to the gravel road outside Kent Fortner’s grandparents’ homestead back in Kansas—where he too was born—and the green ’66 Ford Truck that drove it regularly. His grandfather, a farmer, willed the truck to Kent when he passed in ‘86, and the truck now seems right at home bouncing among the vines of Napa. The green truck and Kent oversee farming, harvest and hauling of the grapes to cave space borrowed from some friends up in Stag’s Leap district of Napa. His hands oversee every step of the crafting: fermenting, barrel aging, bottling, and peddling. Kent is a one-man show (with a little help now and then from his wife, his cousins, and Daisy Dog).

Wine Appellation
Pinot Noir Napa Valley
Available in: Maine
Grown: California, United States
Napa Valley
Napa Valley is considered one of the top wine growing regions in the world. The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the valley are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. Located in Northern California, about 50 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 60 miles west of Sacramento, Napa Valley is 30 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point. The range of grape varieties grown in Napa has evolved over the last 150 years but Cabernet Sauvignon has risen to be the star performer. Napa Valley received its own AVA designation in 1981. Within the Napa Valley AVA, 15 subappellations have emerged that possess distinct microclimates and terrains, including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are some of Napa’s other prominent grapes.