A must for wine lovers seeking excellence, the setting is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley — a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden, lake and vineyards reaching out to the base of Mt. St. Helena.
About Chateau Montelena Winery
Chateau Montelena’s rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He had heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck, and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The soils are well drained, stony and loose – perfect for the vines he would plant.
In 1976, Chateau Montelena helped put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year, a who’s-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world’s finest wines, and that California’s wine industry had come of age.
Experience the elements that make this unique property the ideal place for growing world-class wines when you venture out into the winery’s vineyard riding in the Montelena Club Car and taste a selection of wines produced from the Montelena Estate Vineyard. Your guide will explain the site’s diversity of soils, the many viticulture decisions the winery has made and how those decisions impact the wines you enjoy.
Sensory Tasting Experience
Tasting any food or beverage is actually a complex interplay of sight, aromas, tactile sensations, tastes and other perceptions. Through the winery’s Sensory Tasting Experience, you will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the passion Chateau Montelena has for wine and education. Focusing on techniques that can aid the analysis of wine, this tasting will help further enhance your appreciation of the subtle nuances wine can achieve.
Beyond Paris and Hollywood: Untold Stories and Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
This experience provides guests with an insider’s peek at what really happened before, during, and after the actual 1976 Paris Tasting and the early days of Chateau Montelena; a candid appraisal of those events by author George Taber in a taped interview; and a comparative wine tasting to demonstrate what makes today’s Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 40 years later, an enduring example of world-class winemaking.
Explore the rich history of the Chateau as you enjoy this guided walking tour through the beautiful grounds that make up the Montelena Estate. Sip and learn as your guide progressively pours the winery’s current release wines while exploring the property that has made Chateau Montelena one of Napa Valley’s finest destinations.
Limited Release Tasting Experience
Chateau Montelena has created a unique seated tasting experience in their private Library Room to showcase Chateau Montelena’s long and distinguished history of producing fine wine. In this seated, intimate atmosphere, you will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase exclusive wines not commonly available in the marketplace.
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