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Jim and JoAnna Sullivan - Sullivan Vineyards


Jim Sullivan’s passion for Cabernet Sauvignon was ignited in the 1950s with a simple grape arbor given to him and his new bride as a wedding gift. A graphic artist by trade, known for his work with 60s icons such as The Monkees and Dick Clark Productions, Jim began to make wine at home.

As his winemaking skills grew, so did his passion for the vine. For the next two decades, he explored California in order to find the finest area to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1972, four years before the Judgement of Paris recognized Napa Valley for world class wines, Jim decided that Rutherford held all the potential he sought.

Bringing their artistic vision to the heart of the valley, the Sullivans collaborated with rising star architect John Marsh Davis, chefs and musicians from all over the world to build an Estate that would bring together creative visionaries.