Grgich Hills Estate
“Over the years I have learned how to communicate with the wines and how to nurture them. I realized that you don’t make wine only with your head and your senses...you make wine with your heart.
You have to pour your heart and your love into
each wine” — Miljenko “Mike” Grgich
A Year of Celebration
It’s been quite a year for Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and team over at Grgich Hills Estate. Not only have they commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the famed “Judgement of Paris” Wine Tasting of 1976 where Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay outscored the best white wines in France, but Mike also turned 93 years old. And if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, the 2016 vintage also marked his 58th harvest in winemaking. Given the huge historical significance of these achievements, it seems only fitting to celebrate them in exquisite style with the release of the 2013 Grgich Hills Estate Paris Tasting Chardonnay – a nod to the unprecedented win which turned the wine-world on its head and firmly placed Napa on the map as one of the world’s top grape-growing regions. This highly allocated wine showcases the “Old Wente Clone” fruit from their oldest estate Chardonnay vineyard in Carneros. It’s done without a traditional secondary malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the fresh flavors and pleasing acidity. The current vintage (as all previous bottlings) carries a sales price that matches Mike’s age upon release…so for this year $93/bottle. It’s reserved for the tasting room and wine club members only (due to the limited production) and is a must-taste (and buy!) when visiting.
Beyond the Tasting Bar
No matter what your level of wine knowledge or interest, there’s a pleasurable wine experience awaiting you. If you’d like a glimpse into the winery’s rich history and an informative sampling of their wines, the main tasting room offers a Grgich-at-a-Glance walking tour each day, followed by various tasting flights starting from $35 per person. Visitors should not miss one of Grgich Hills’ best kept secrets: The Exclusive Tasting. In this privately hosted wine tasting, guests will enjoy a flight of six older vintage and limited-production wines artfully paired with local artisan cheeses. The beauty of this tasting is YOU decide which wines you would like to taste. Interested in a flight of Cabernets from the 1980s? No problem. This exceptional opportunity to taste and purchase wines rarely released from the winery vault is held in their private wine library—where wines from across literally decades are at your wine educator’s fingertips to uncork and share with you. A winery tour can be added at no extra charge and by prior arrangement. Tastings are available by appointment, reserve online; $90 per person, 60 minutes.
For more information on all the tastings offered at Grgich Hills, visit their website at grgich.com/visit-us, contact the winery at (707) 963-2784 or email email@example.com.
Napa Valley Flight – $25
2013 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 Fume Blanc, Napa Valley
2012 Zinfandel. Napa Valley 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Miljenko’s Flight – $40
2014 Napa Valley Essence, Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Chardonnay, Miljenko’s Selection
2012 Petit Verdot, Miljenko’s Selection 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville Selection 2012 Violetta, Late Harvest
Legacy Flight – $50
2013 Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay 2012 Miljenko’s Old Vine Zinfandel
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville Selection
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville Selection 2013 Violetta, Late Harvest
Take a seat, relax and enjoy a private tasting on the beautiful patio or in one of the exquisite rooms located in the winery. Your host will guide you through five limited production and specialty wines paired with artisan cheeses. $50 per person. Reservations are required.
Grgich at a Glance
Enjoy a walking tour and tasting where you will discover the rich history of Grgich Hills Estate, learn about the vineyards, and taste world-class wines. $35 per person. Reservations are required.
Saturdays: Call for availability. Sunday-Friday: Daily at 2pm by appointment.
This unforgettable experience designed by Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, starts in an educational vineyard and follows the path of the estate-grown grapes from vine to bottle. You’ll discover why Mike calls this journey, “From our vineyards to your glass, naturally!” The tour concludes with a seated tasting of cheeses paired perfectly with five limited production and specialty wines. $65 per person. Reservations are required.
Enjoy an intimate and exclusive tasting of Grgich Hills Estate’s best kept secrets. Your personal host will guide you through a personalized flight of six older-vintage and limited-production wines paired with artisan cheeses. This is your chance to taste and purchase wines that are rarely released from our winery vault. $90 per person. Reservations are required.
Winery tour can be added to this experience for no extra cost, but must be requested in advance.