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Chateau Montelena

The Californian vineyard "Chateau Montelena Winery" is located north of Calistoga at the foot of Mount St. Helena in the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1882 by the San Francisco-born entrepreneur Alfred Loving Tubbs, who bought 254 acres of land (over 100 hectares). The name is an extract from "Mount St. Helena". At that time, the winery was the seventh largest in Napa Valley. During Prohibition (1920-1933) only grapes were produced and marketed. In 1958, the family sold the property to Yort Wing Frank, a native of China, who planted a Chinese garden and a small lake of jade, which is now appreciated by tourists. Finally, in 1972 the property was purchased by Jim Barett, who replanted the vineyards and hired the legendary winemaker Miljenko "Mike" Grgich (born 1923). The 1973 Chardonnay vintage created by him won first place at the legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976, beating all other Californian and renowned Burgundy wines. His successor Jerry Luper, who was active until 1981, also made a decisive contribution to the high quality standard. Afterwards Bo Barett took over the responsibility. The vineyards comprise 40 hectares of vines, which are planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Zinfandel, among others. The wines are matured with relatively little oak wood spice. The premium wines from our own vineyards include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are also purchased.

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