Founder Bill Myers started White Oak from rather humble beginnings, trading in his career as a fisherman in Alaska for a small plot of vineyards near Healdsburg in the late 1970s. The first vintage at White Oak reached the crushpad following the 1981 harvest and it wasn’t long before awards, reviews, accolades and a legion of loyal fans and customers discovered the magic taking place at White Oak. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, this burgeoning wine company continued to grow, and today owns some 750+ acres of vineyards across the Napa Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley districts. The heart of the production of White Oak, however, comes from the original 17-acre estate, which is home to Old Vine Zinfandel–originally planted in 1928 and 1935. Today, these ancient vines are quite literally something of a viticultural monument and a testament to the evolution and growth of both White Oaks itself, as well as the entire California wine industry.
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