Robert (Bob) Foley began his wine making career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including the famous Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. During this period he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. He now focuses on Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge wines, but also creates some of the offerings from Dos Lagos Vineyards, Engel Family, and Padis Vineyards in the Napa Valley.
In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled its flagship Claret (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), and has since expanded and diversified its production to offer more of the big reds Bob is famous for – Petite Sirah, Merlot, Charbono, the limited-release Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, a Carneros Pinot Noir, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Griffin (a blend of the best in the red cellar). Always seeking new, fun and interesting wines, Bob has also bottled three of his favorites: Pinot Blanc, Semillon, and a Syrah that we affectionally call Kelly's Cuvee.
Bob’s reputation for producing very expressive wines that finish gracefully continues to develop at his winery facility on the summit of Napa County’s Howell Mountain, where more than 1,500 barrels are housed in an extensive cave system (completed in 2008) for the production of Robert Foley wines. Robert Foley Vineyards has a staff of five who work tirelessly at handcrafting our wines (Bob and Eric) and running the place (Kelly, Shannon, and Truett).
When Bob's not making exceptional wine, he spends time with his wife and business manager Kelly Kehoe, his two children, and his two granddaughters. You can also find Bob jammin' with his rock 'n' roll group, The Robert Foley Band, when he's not in the cellar or SCUBA diving.
"Bob Foley: All in His Own Time"
The World of Fine Wine, Issue 30, 2010
"Noble Rot Talks: Bob Foley"
Podcast, December 7, 2011