The California winery is located in Napa - Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, It was founded in 1972 by Bernard Portet (son of the former managing director of Château Lafite-Rothschild ) and the American businessman John Goelet. Portet had been looking for a suitable place for a winery for two years on behalf of Goelet and eventually ended up here in California find. Portet's goal as a young winemaker at the time was to make a velvety, fruity red wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, which was to be deliberately different from the Californian wines, which were very strongly emphasized at the time.
The legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976 the first vintage “Cabernet Sauvignon 1972” took eighth place. When the competition was repeated in 1986, he even took first place and fifth at the 2006 anniversary competition. The business is owned by John Goelet and is run by Vice Presidents Bernard Portet and John Clews. The Australian winery is also owned by Goelet Taltarni, The Clos Du Val vineyards cover 120 hectares of vineyards 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, as well as the white varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The wines are produced in the four lines Classic, Estate, Reserve and Library.