Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena is one of the most storied wineries in California’s Napa Valley. It was first founded in 1882 and was one of the largest wineries in California at the turn of the century. After prohibition put an end to Chateau Montelena’s winemaking, the next major era began in 1968 when Jim Barrett purchased the estate. Jim had a dream of creating wine at the level of the great First Growths of Bordeaux and set out to do just this. In 1976, Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world when Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay was rated above all other wines during a grand tasting by the “who’s-who” of the French wine and food establishment. Today, Chateau Montelena’s distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley, consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barret, Jim’s son, now runs the estate with help of Winemaker Matt Crafton and Vineyard Manager Dave Vella.