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Gold From Grapes: The Napa de Oro Story

Noe and Caroline Taojo love to travel around the world with their children, Denise, Ingrid, Iñigo and Andreas, when they’re not watching over the family’s gold mining business. Over the years, Noe developed a yearning for great wines and began to chase a dream to produce his own brand, with the same passion and dedication that he is known for.

The Napa de Oro brand (yes, it’s “Oro” for “Gold”) was born when Noe’s recent trip to Napa in California connected him to Rudy Zuidema, internationally-known and one of Napa’s top winemakers.  The Napa de Oro vineyard and winery are based in the Coombsville appellation of Napa Valley, one of the cooler regions of the Napa Valley known for producing wines with excellent structure and silky texture. Napa de Oro wines stand out for their fragrant aromas, sophistication, elegance, balance and complexity and beauty.

Napa's Finest

Napa de Oro produces seven varietals of wine, from the most popular white wine, Chardonnay, to the most popular red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, and five varietals in between. Its Bordeaux Style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is an expression of harmony and power and appropriately named after Caroline, in recognition of her priceless contribution to the company.

Simply told, “Napa de Oro” is “liquid gold”.

Award-winning Zuidema was the perfect person for their introduction to the process, as he has over 30 years of producing Napa Valley wines, using what he describes as a “natural, respectful, and non-manipulative approach.” He explains that his method is one that is slower and more conservative. “I believe that every wine should speak its own story of its grapes, in connection to its region, vineyard, and the vintage year of its origins. Rather than forcing the flavors to be what I want it to be, we let the wine develop its characteristics. We ‘listen’ to the wine as it tells us to help it move towards the right direction. If you push the wine before it is ready, you could be pushing it in the wrong direction.”

“I believe wholeheartedly that every year, wine from the same vineyard would have a different character because no growing season is the same.” He adds, saying that given the variables of growing the grapes itself, the quality and consistency comes from the perfect climate at Napa Valley and its carefully nurtured soil that produces fantastic fruit.

Our Winemaker

Our wines could not thrive if it did not have a quality team of passionate people that love wine as much as we do.

Rudy Zuidema

Winemaker / Liquid Gold Extruder

Rudy works with many exceptional vineyards throughout the Napa Valley region, including AVAs of Howell Mountain, Coombsville, Rutherford, Mount George, Carneros, and St. Helena. He uses a natural, respectful, and non-manipulative approach to winemaking that creates wines that tell their individual and unique stories. He believes every wine should speak of the grape that it is: the region, the vineyard, and the vintage year of its origin.