Chateau Montelena shot to fame in 1976 at the iconic Judgement of Paris which shook the wine world to its core when their 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay won first place against an enviable line-up of top French Burgundies. The result was a shock to the wine trade all over the world and it changed the history of Californian wine and Chateau Montelena forever.
Château Montelena is one of the oldest estates in the Napa Valley with an illustrious history stretching back to 1882. Its French style Château and vineyards are located 2 miles north of Castiloga in the North of the Napa Valley. Wine production came to and end during Prohibition and did not restart until 50 years later in 1972 under the ownership of Jim Barret.
Jim appointed Michael Grich as winemaker and it was Grich who put the winery on the map through his multi award winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. He left to set-up on his own in 1977 and the wines are now made by Jim Barret`s son, Bo. An excellent source for powerful, concentrated, and remarkably long-lived Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as textbook Napa Valley Chardonnays.