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Chalone Vineyard

The Californian winery is located south of San Francisco in the Gavilan Mountains east of the Salinas Valley in the Monterey County, The origin dates back to 1890, when Frenchman Charles L. Tamm first planted a vineyard here. In 1964, the property was acquired by the California wine grower Richard H. Graff (1937-1998). Together with the famous star 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 winemaking techniques. As one of the first in California, he experimented with a malolactic fermentation in white wines, as well as the expansion of imported French oak barrels. His goal was to vinify top wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir after the model of large Burgundies. At the legendary Paris Wine Tasting In 1976, the Chardonnay took third place in 1974 and left well-known wines from Burgundy and California behind. Together with the partner Phillip Woodward 1971 became the rapidly expanding Chalone Wine Group founded. After Graff's death in a plane crash, Dan Karlsen became the responsible butler. The Chalone Wine Group was founded in 2005 by the beverage giant Diageo accepted. The vineyards of Chalone Vineyard cover 63 hectares of vineyards, this 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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