The California winery is located in Napa - Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, It was founded in 1972 by Médoc Frenchman Bernard Portet (son of the former managing director of Château Lafite-Rothschild ) and American businessman John Goelet. Portet had been looking for a suitable place for a winery for two years on behalf of Goelet worldwide and eventually became here in California find. Portet's goal as a young winemaker at that time was to make a velvety, fruity red wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, which should be aware of the then highly oak-stressed California wines.
At the legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976, the first vintage "Cabernet Sauvignon 1972" took eighth place. In a repeat of the 1986 competition, he even took the first and fifth anniversary at the anniversary event in 2006. The operation is owned by John Goelet and is led by Vice Presidents Bernard Portet and John Clews. Also owned by Goelet is the Australian winery Taltarni, The vineyards of Clos Du Val cover 120 hectares of vines in the AVA areas Los Carneros and Stags Leap District. They are planted with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Zinfandel, and the white varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The wines are produced in the four lines Classic, Estate, Reserve and Library.