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Road trip in California: Legendary wineries and where to find them
Where can you find the most talked-about Californian wineries, and what can you do there?
The legend: 1976 Judgment of Pariswine tasting
The Paris wine tasting of 1976, commonly referred to as the ‘Judgement of Paris’ in the wine world, was a wine competition organised by Steven Spurrier, then a young wine merchant in Paris, on 24 May 1976 with the intention to promote the expansion of wine production in the new world.
To everyone’s surprise, Chateau Montelena 1973 and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973, both from California, were ranked as the best white and red in each group, although French wines were generally considered as the most prestigious in the world at that time.
Where in Napa can you find the two legendary wineries? Scroll down to find maps and visit information.
1429 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Zinfandel
Chateau Montelena's tradition of excellence started in 1882, came into international recognition with the Paris Tasting in 1976, and continues today with its handcrafted world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Stag’s Leap AVA
5766 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
Art Display/Museum, Sustainable/Organic/Biodynamic, Tours, Unique Architecture/Caves
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate. We are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons—CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, these wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.
The legendary winemaker: Robert Mondavi
In addition to revolutionising California wine, Robert Mondavi was the pioneer of Napa wine tourism, and his striking Mission-style winery continues to offer an hospitable welcome to visitors today.
Robert Mondavi Winery
Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi winery celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
7801 St. Helena Hwy 29
Oakville, CA 94562
Robert Mondavi Winery, Woodbridge
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
Art Display/Museum, Concerts/Performances, Tours, Weddings/Events
Opus One was founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, France, and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi.
By combining the great winemaking traditions and innovations of both families, the founders' singular goal was to create a wine of ultimate quality. French in style but Californian in execution, Opus One is produced with uncompromised attention to detail. Beginning with the first harvest in 1979, Opus One is most often a blend of five grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
7900 St. Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA 94562
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Four wineries from the Sideways wine trail
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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