Euro Wine Making in California

Robin has a wine resource called Windows on the World – Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly. On page 76 in the chapter The Wines of California, Washington, Oregon and New York, she showed me this article on why some European winemakers are turning to the vineyards in California to make their wines.

Many well know and highly respected European winemakers have invested in California vineyards to make their own wine. There are more than forty-five California wineries owned by European, Canadian or Japanese companie3s. For example:

  1. One of the most influential joint ventures matched Baron Philippe de Rothschild, then the owner of Château Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux and Robert Mondavi, of the Napa Valley, to produce a wine called Opus One.
  2. The owners of Château Pétrus in Bordeaux, the Mouiex family, have vineyards in California. Their wine is a Bordeaux-style called Dominus.
  3. Moët Chandon, which is part of Moët-Hennessy, owns Domaine Chandon in the Nape Valley.

Other European wineries with operations in California:

  1. Roederer has grapes planted in Mendocino County and produces Roederer Estate
  2. Mumm produces a sparkling wine called Mumm Cuvée Napa
  3. taittinger has its own sparkling wine called Domaine Carneros
  4. The Spanish sparkling-wine house Codoiu owns a winery called Artesa; and Freixnet owns land in Sonoma County and produces a wine called Gloria Ferrer
  5. The Torres family of Spain owns a winery called Marimar Torres Estate in Sonoma County
  6. Frenchman Robert Skalli (Fortant de France) owns more than 6,000 acres in the Napa Valley and the winery St. Supery
  7. Tuscan wine producer Piero Antinori owns Atlas Peak winery in Nape

That is some very interesting and informative information. And it is not all super owners and vintners who have wine holdings. Look at these sports people who have wineries in California:

  • Tom Seaver (baseball)
  • John Madden (football)
  • Joe Montana (football)
  • Dick Vermeil (football)
  • Peggy Flemming (ice skating)
  • Greg Norman (golf)
  • Arnold Palmer (golf)
  • Mario Andretti (auto racing)
  • Jeff Gordon (auto racing)
  • Randy Lewis (auto racing)


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