Accendo Cellars

We have always said our best wine has yet to be made.

This was our philosophy as the proprietors of Araujo Estate and stewards of the historic Eisele Vineyard, and it is our guiding principle today with Accendo Cellars, the Napa Valley winegrowing venture we founded in 2013. Inspired by the revolutionary Napa Valley wines of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Accendo pays homage to an earlier era and marks a beginning of a promising new paradigm: to source grapes from some of the finest vineyard sites and terroir in Napa Valley; to make a wine of balance and restraint in the style of Napa Valley’s past wines; and to produce this wine with the commitment, energy and meticulous attention to detail that have characterized our past efforts.

It is gratifying to be joined by our daughter, Jaime Araujo Bézian, and son, Greg Araujo, as well as a small team of professionals we have worked with for many years, people who share our passion and, most importantly, our values. Applying what we know collectively about grape growing and winemaking, our aim is to create a world-class wine that expresses ecological diversity and focused stewardship.

For years Napa Valley has nurtured and humbled us in ways we could never have imagined. It is our hope that Accendo will shine a new light on this magical place we call home.

Bart Araujo
Bart Araujo
Daphne Araujo
Daphne Araujo
Accendo Cellars

Over the years, we’ve had opportunities to taste many of the great Napa Valley wines of the mid-20th century – Cabernet Sauvignons from Inglenook, Beaulieu Vineyards, Charles Krug, Louis Martini, and later, Robert Mondavi Reserve. They intrigued us…so unlike the Napa Valley wines of today, yet so flavorful and elegant, so full of life, even at an advanced age. These dazzling wines have struck a chord with us, a testament to what was, and what we believe can be again.

Accendo Cellars
The west facing view from our new home in Oakville.