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A Week of Ups

No downs; just ups over here at the winery.  Harvest is around the corner, and for the first time in 3 years, we might actually have what most would call a “normal” one!  We enjoyed a nice summer with no major spikes one way or the other.  We have a cellar crew that isn’t stressed, […]

3…2…1…

The launch codes have been given and the pad prepared, we are T-minus 21 hours to the start of our 40th crush! The new cellar is finished, the headlamps are cleaned and checked, the crews are rested and ready for tomorrow (early) morning when we will begin Harvest 2011. The first fruit across the scale […]

The Grapes are Near!

Finally!  We’re at 22 brix; now we need just a bit more!  The heat is on and things are looking good.  The challenge for our production team, however, is that it looks like everything will be coming in at the same time.  Normally we get our white grapes first, then the reds and lastly the […]

Bill Hanna

This is Bill Hanna.  He grows some of the chardonnay grapes that go into our wonderful Chard.  In fact, no less than 33% of every vintage of our Napa Chardonnay is made up of Bill’s fruit.  The Hannas have been part of the Montelena family since 1972.  Keep up the good work Bill!

Harvest 2010 Update

We’ve heard a lot of speculation about this year’s harvest in the past few weeks and now that things are finally slowing down in our cellar, we’d like to share Chateau Montelena’s perspective on Harvest 2010. Part I Stay tuned for more installments of our Harvest 2010 series.

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Kristina King

Born in Colorado and led a nomadic life until the ripe old age of four. Kristina loves to travel, eat, drink wine, and enjoy the outdoors. One of her mottos is: Life is an adventure - enjoy!

George Blanckensee

An expert event planner and an avid basketball and sports fan, George can tell you about all the best off-the-beaten path eateries.

Cameron Parry

Winemaker since 2008, Cameron has been an integral member of the winemaking team at Chateau Montelena since 2004. He and his wife live in Calistoga with their two beautiful daughters.

Kali Clark

A Napa Valley native, Kali returned to the area after a stint on the East Coast and can be found documenting the latest happenings at the Chateau. When not behind the camera, she likes to experiment in the kitchen, travel, and enjoy the outdoors