The Californian winery "Chateau Montelena Winery" is located north of Calistoga at the foot of Mount St. Helena in the Napa Valley
, It was founded in 1882 by San Francisco-based entrepreneur Alfred Loving Tubbs, who bought 254 acres (over 100 hectares) of land. The name is an extract of " Mo nt
St. H elena
". At that time, the winery was the seventh largest in the Napa Valley. During the prohibition
(1920-1933) only grapes were produced and marketed. In 1958, the family sold the property to the Chinese-born Yort Wing Frank, who planted a Chinese garden today cherished by tourists and a small jade lake. Finally, the property was acquired in 1972 by Jim Barett, who re-planted the vineyards and the legendary winemaker Miljenko "Mike" Grgich
(born 1923). The 1973 created by this Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Wine Tasting
ranked first in 1976, beating all other California and well-known Burgundian wines. His successor to 1981 Jerry Luper contributed significantly to the high quality standard. Then Bo Barett took over the responsibility. The vineyards cover 40 hectares of vineyards, which are planted among others with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Zinfandel. The wines are aged with relatively little oak flavor. Premium wines from its own vineyards include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also grapes purchased.