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Chalone Vineyard

The California winery is located in southern San Francisco in the Gavilan Mountains east of the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, The origin is in 1890, when the Frenchman Charles L. Tamm planted a vineyard for the first time. In 1964 the property was acquired by the California wine pioneer Richard H. Graff (1937-1998). Together with the famous celebrity chef Julia Child (1912-2004) and Robert Mondavi (1913-2008) he founded the "American Institute of Food and Wine". Graff planted new vineyards and dealt with new viticulture techniques. He was one of the first in California to experiment with malolactic fermentation in white wines and to expand with imported French barriques. His goal was to vinify top wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along the lines of large Burgundians. The legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976 the Chardonnay came in third place in 1974, leaving well-known wines from Burgundy and California behind. Together with partner Phillip Woodward, the rapidly expanding one became in 1971 Chalone Wine Group founded. After Graff's death in a plane crash, Dan Karlsen became the cellar manager in charge. The Chalone Wine Group was founded in 2005 by the giant beverage company Diageo accepted. The Chalone Vineyard vineyards cover 63 hectares, that is the entire AVA area Chalone. Due to low rainfall is artificial irrigation required. There are wines from the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as the white varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

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