Tony Peju designed the abundant Peju Gardens, and Herta Peju oversees their care. The gardens change on a daily basis and visitors can often glimpse Herta Peju, fondly known as HB, guiding the planting and pruning as she has for many years, with her hands in the dirt!
Our Rutherford Estate is comprised of a total of 30 acres, 22 of which are planted with the five traditional Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
As the reputation of Peju and the winery’s location on Highway 29 proved to be good for business, demand soon exceeded supply. By 1995, Tony Peju was buying Cabernet Franc grapes from Juliana Vineyards in nearby Pope Valley. He liked the grapes and subsequently bought Merlot and Chardonnay as well.
The centerpiece of the Peju estate is the Tower tasting room, completed in the fall of 2003. Envisioned by Tony Peju even before he purchased the property, the 50 foot tower was designed by Southern California architect Calvin Straub in 1980-81, and its rendering has graced the label of every estate-bottled Peju wine.
Peju Winery is recognized as a certified Napa Valley Green Winery and a Bay Area Green Business. In September 2007, Peju Province Winery received Organic Certification for our Rutherford Estate Vineyard from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). We have been moving towards organic farming practices in all three of our Napa Valley vineyards which include the Rutherford Estate Vineyard, the Persephone Vineyard in Pope Valley and the Wappo Vineyard in Dutch Henry Canyon.