Makana Cellars

Boutique Wines From Diamond Mountain In Napa Valley

Makana Cellars is a family owned & operated company focusing on making the highest quality Napa wines possible. Our main emphasis is on small production Cabernet Sauvignon from the Diamond Mountain District of Napa Valley. We also produce Sauvignon Blanc from the St. Helena appellation.


Winemaker Bio

Meet our Winemaker, John Gibson.


John Gibson

John Gibson is one of the most known winemakers in the Napa Valley. His legendary reputation has been built over 30 years of distinguished winemaking for some of the Valley's best known wineries, and family owned vineyards.

John came to the Napa Valley in 1981 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Enology. His list of clients have included Chappellet Winery, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, and Vine Cliff Wineries.

Concluding that the best wines came from the best vineyards, John started his own winemaking consulting business specializing in the production of vineyard designated varietals. His clients have included Alpha Wolf Vineyards, Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Frazier Winery, Laraine Winery, Rockledge Vineyards, and Snowden Vineyards.  And his latest client now includes Makana Cellars!

 Our Winemaker, John Gibson

 Our Winemaker, John Gibson

During his time making wine, he was most inspired by the time spent in vineyards and wines produced in small quantities and hand crafted from grape to glass. It is these practices that have given John the international recognition for making exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. You can read more about his private label, Salexis Wines at

Meet our Consultant, Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Peters owns the vineyard we source our grapes from on Diamond Mountain for our 2012 and 2013 vintages.  His vineyard consists of 13 acres of red wine grapes which are situated within a 60 acre parcel of prime hillside vineyard property on the highest slopes of the Diamond Mountain District sub-appellation of the Napa Valley. Diamond Mountain is located along the Mayacamas Mountain range between St. Helena and Calistoga.  Diamond Mountain is well known and recognized for its diversity of volcanic soils, varied micro climates, and generous amounts of winter rainfall.  

Our Consultant, Peter Thompson

Our Consultant, Peter Thompson

In 1992, Peter began actively pursuing his goal of owning a vineyard in the prestigious Napa Valley. During a two and one-half year search for the ultimate vineyard property, Peter selected the Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards site atop Diamond Mountain. You can read more about his private label, Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards at

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