Chateau Montelena is a Napa Valley winery with a storied history. Founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs, the winery has been producing world-class wines for over a century. The winery's most famous wine, the 1973 Chardonnay, famously won the "Judgment of Paris" blind taste test, putting Napa Valley and California wines on the map.
The Winery's Early Years
In the early years, Chateau Montelena was known for producing high-quality, European-style wines. Alfred Tubbs purchased the land in 1882 and built the winery using stones from the property. The winery's first commercial vintage was produced in 1887, and it quickly gained a reputation for producing excellent wines.
The Judgment of Paris
In 1976, a blind taste test was held in Paris, pitting California wines against their French counterparts. The event, known as the "Judgment of Paris," would change the course of history for California wines. Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay won the white wine category, beating out some of the most famous French wines of the time. This event put California wines, and Chateau Montelena, on the map.
Today, Chateau Montelena continues to produce world-class wines. The winery's portfolio includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Merlot. The winery is open to visitors for tastings and tours, allowing wine enthusiasts to experience the history and terroir of the Napa Valley.