November 4, 2009

Historic Napa Valley Winery Invites Guests to See a New Side of the Winery Calistoga, California. 

Chateau Montelena Winery has been welcoming guests since the late 1800’s, when founder Alfred L. Tubbs built one of the first traditional old-world chateaus in the Napa Valley upon his return from Europe. More than a century later, the winery continues its forward thinking, seeking out ways to improve and perfect every aspect of the estate. Refusing to rest on its laurels, Chateau Montelena has recently enhanced its grounds and redirected guests upon their arrival, ensuring a stunning view of the dramatic stone façade. Refreshed landscaping, new signage and walking paths, a self guided tour and even a reconfigured bocce ball court have been strategically added to enrich guest visits and reinforce Chateau Montelena’s commitment to creating the best wine country experience possible. Winery owner Jim Barrett notes, “Our goal today is the same as when I purchased the estate in 1972. We strive for excellence – from winemaking to vineyard management to Napa Valley hospitality.”

The winery’s setting is one of the most unique in the Napa Valley - a stunning stone chateau carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden and Jade Lake. True to Chateau Montelena’s spirited history, Yort and Jeanie Frank bought the chateau in the late fifties and promptly redesigned the grounds to reflect the Chinese gardens of their homeland. Today, Jade Lake is considered one of Napa Valley's most beautiful sanctuaries, home to a variety of fish and wildlife, and surrounded by weeping willows and native fauna. A small plaque displayed on the property speaks perfectly to the beauty of the scene: “Peace and tranquility to all who enter here.”

For nearly four decades, the Barrett family has continued to cultivate a world-renowned winery. On October 15 Chateau Montelena was recognized for its outstanding Architecture, Parks & Gardens by The Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s “Best Of” Wine Tourism Awards, which offers hospitality leaders throughout San Francisco and Napa Valley the opportunity to showcase their best practices in a competition with other wine tourism businesses from around the world.

Regional “Best Of” winners will now move forward to compete in the international awards, which will be judged by an international panel of respected wine tourism professionals and presented at The Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s Annual General Meeting this November in Bordeaux, France. No stranger to competitions on a global scale, Chateau Montelena’s Master Winemaker Bo Barrett notes, “At Chateau Montelena we are never satisfied. Just because we did something great yesterday, doesn’t me that we don’t have to think about tomorrow. We expect excellence from ourselves, so to be recognized by others for this means a great deal to us.”

Chateau Montelena Winery invites visitors to experience award winning hospitality and internationally acclaimed wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Riesling. Its celebrated tasting room is located on the top floor of the chateau and offers current release tastings daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ($20) and rare library wine tastings daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. ($40). Wine club members enjoy complimentary tastings, invitations to special events, rare and future bottlings and access to the private islands on Jade Lake. 

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