Alta: A Beautiful Blend

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In 2021, Renfro’s sommelier mentor introduced him to horticulturalist Kate Nowell, who oversaw the orchard and vineyard at Filoli, a country estate in Woodside. Renfro was familiar with Filoli but never knew about the vineyard.

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli’s house and gardens were built in 1917 for businessman William Bowers Bourn II and his wife, Agnes. In 1975, the estate was given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The orchard was an original landscape feature of the property, planted with hundreds of heirloom apples, pears, and other fruits. It lay fallow until the late 1990s, when Filoli’s director of horticulture at the time, Lucy Tolmach, lobbied to reconstruct it.

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