20 Fun Facts About Twomey
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we collected 20 fun facts from the past two decades. Test your knowledge—and perhaps learn a couple new things!
When the Duncan family acquired our estate Soda Canyon Ranch in Napa, it was sourced primarily for Silver Oak Cabernets. But this vineyard also inspired the creation of Twomey and our first wine—Merlot.
Today, we also make two Sauvignon Blancs and nine different Pinot Noirs—seven of which are single vineyard wines.
Twomey is more than a winery. It’s also a family name! The Duncan family chose the name Twomey in honor of the family matriarch, Velma Marie Twomey Duncan—grandmother to David and Tim, our chairman & CEO and chief revenue officer, respectively.
Twomey is also the middle name of a couple Duncan family members, including David and Tim’s father (and co-founder of Silver Oak), Raymond Duncan, as well as David’s son, Connor.
There are many similarities between Twomey and Silver Oak, including the same family and the same commitment to excellence. But Twomey is its own brand. It was founded in 1999 by the Duncan family of Silver Oak, but Silver Oak does not make Merlot, Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.
We are committed to crafting beautiful wines that express unique sites, even if it means trying a different varietal. Yes, we once made a Rosé—and a Syrah.
Before releasing our first vintage of Pinot Noir, we considered calling it “Velma, Pinot Noir”—another dedication to David and Tim’s grandmother.
We crushed our first vintage of Pinot Noir at the Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery in Oakville.
Here’s a list of our first vintages:
- Merlot: 1999
- Pinot Noir: 2002, Russian River Valley
- Single vineyard Pinot Noir: 2007, Bien Nacido Vineyard
- Sauvignon Blanc: 2006
- Single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc: 2017, Merino Vineyard
The first Twomey employee, Rosendo Camacho, is still with the company! He started in the cellar at our Napa Valley winery in Calistoga and has now moved to the cellar at our Russian River Valley winery in Healdsburg.
Early employee, Romana Behrens, helped open both Twomey tasting rooms. She started at Silver Oak in the old Geyserville tasting room before Twomey was founded and most recently was on our Customer Care team. She retired in 2018, after a combined 30 years at Silver Oak and Twomey!
We use 24K gold on our bottle labels!
Westpin Vineyard is the only Twomey Pinot Noir vineyard to be blended in every vintage of our Russian River Pinot Noir.
Located down the road from our winery in Healdsburg, it was formerly a well-known pumpkin patch in the region!
Calistoga Estate Vineyard is planted to all Sauvignon Blanc. It was previously half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Sauvignon Blanc.
Our wineries in Healdsburg and Calistoga grow more than grapes. They both have gardens, where our employees grow everything from flowers to vegetables.
Each Twomey tasting room is also home to a wood wine box. We ask visitors with the last name Twomey to sign it. We’ve met Twomeys from as far away as Ireland!
The 2007 vintage of Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet was made at our winery in Healdsburg after a fire burned down its Oakville winery earlier in the year.
Monument Tree Vineyard became our first fully owned and maintained Pinot Noir estate vineyard in 2010. Fruit from this vineyard goes into our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and our single vineyard Monument Tree Vineyard Pinot. It’s named after the towering, lightning-struck tree at the top of the property.
In 2012, we launched Club Twomey, our beloved wine club.
What is Sauvignon? We were featured as an answer on Jeopardy! in 2013.
Our 2014 Oregon Pinot Noir was our first vintage from Oregon—and outside of California!
Our Prince Hill Vineyard in Willamette Valley (the first vintage to be released on September 1, 2019) was owned by Oregon winemaking legend Dick Erath until 2017. Dick named the vineyard in lighthearted honor of 1980s music idol, Prince—his son’s favorite artist.
We’ve heard many ways of saying “Twomey,” but the correct pronunciation is “Two-me.”
Bonus: If you’re looking for a cute Instagram caption, feel free to borrow one of our puns such as “cheers Twomey” and “pass it Twomey.”