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12th Gate 1869 Club
Membership Financially Supports Kappa Sigma
Brothers that join the 1869 Club will be directly supporting Kappa Sigma Fraternity and helping offset expenses of our undergraduate chapters and members. Those that join the 1869 Club will receive two shipments per year (six bottles each) of handcrafted Napa Valley wines made exclusively for the Brotherhood.
There is no long term commitment.
For additional questions, check out our FAQ page or contact us.
The new varietals and labels for the Fall 2021 Shipment will be unveiled here in the coming weeks!
It is our pleasure to introduce to you, McCormick. The first of the Founders’ Series wines is named for “The Most Worthy Grand Master”, Brother William Grigsby McCormick. Principal of the Five Friends and Brothers that kept the Fraternity alive during its infancy, Brother McCormick is celebrated by all Kappa Sigmas for his dedication and commitment to the Fraternity throughout his long life.
This proprietary red blend – from our award-winning winemaker Todd Heth – exhibits dark blackberry, bing cherry and plum notes perfectly into layers of coffee and tobacco. The finish is dry with long lasting berry fruit. Silky but firm tannins, this wine is enjoyable now but has the ability to age well in the cellar.
46 East Lawn
We introduce to you, 46 East Lawn. Named after Brother McCormick’s room, 46 East Lawn was the central meeting place at the University of Virginia for the Five Friends and Brothers when they founded Kappa Sigma Fraternity on December 10, 1869.
From the chalky soil of the Carneros region in southern Napa Valley, this gem exhibits lush green apple and bright grapefruit notes while dancing across your palate. This stunning wine is light and friendly with very subtle vanilla and pear blossom hints on the nose. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Napa Chardonnay.
We introduce to you, Finest Hour. The final event of every Grand Conclave is considered the “Finest Hour”, the banquet where members from around the world come together and celebrate our successes and Brotherhood of Kappa Sigma. Every member that has attended can retell stories of the camaraderie and fellowship of these events where good food and drink is had by all.
This premium sparkling wine – meticulously and artfully made in the traditional champagne method – rivals anything found from the best Champagne houses in Épernay and Reims. Blended superbly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this magnificent Napa Valley Brut exhibits rich fruit aromatics of strawberry and delicate white cherry that follows through to a creamy mid-palate accompanied with highlights of lime and wet minerality and a lingering vibrant finish.
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Support Kappa Sigma
When you join the 1869 Club, proceeds are supporting Kappa Sigma and our undergraduate brothers!
With every shipment, members of the 1869 Club provide support to Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s programs and initiatives: Champion Quest (Recruitment), Brothers in Action (Membership for Life) and A Greater Cause (Volunteerism). Your involvement will help develop our future leaders and build upon the continuing success of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, A Brotherhood Like No Other.
Apply to join the 1869 Club and support Kappa Sigma while enjoying world-class wines from Napa Valley.
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A fine wine collection to compliment a great Fraternity. Well aged and timeless.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
We all have such fond memories of fellowship in Kappa Sigma. What a great way to make more of those memories. Cheers to a Brotherhood like no other!
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“I am honored to make these wines for the Kappa Sigma brotherhood and cannot wait to share them with you.”
Fairwinds Estate Winery & 12th Gate Napa Valley
Experience the benefits and lifestyle!
Two shipments of six bottles per year (minimum to retain 1869 Club seniority)
Wine received in a keepsake vintage fire-branded wooden crate
Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines
Exclusive access to Private Member Store to replenish your cellar and send wine and merchandise to friends and family at your convenience
Free wine tasting experiences for you and 5 guests at Fairwinds in Napa Valley
Special access to Kappa Sigma only events and parties
Your name honored on the Kappa Sigma 1869 Club Founders Member Memorial at the winery
Fairwinds Estate wines offered at 15% off on Private Member Store