The California sparkling wine house is located in Guerneville, California Sonoma County
(Region North Coast
) near the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in 1882 by Frantisek (Francis) Korbel (1830-1920), born in South Bohemia, and his two brothers, Anton and Joseph. They had been working on the estate since 1870 and on a small scale also viticulture. Now they focused fully on wine and vineyards were created with Pinot Noir, a variety unusual at the time for California. Initially, only still wine, but from 1890 also produced "champagne". The business boomed and around 1900 Korbel champagne was internationally known. The operation also survived the prohibition
(1920-1933) and remained in the possession of the family until 1954. This year he was bought by Adolf Heck, whose father had immigrated from Alsace at the turn of the century. He began to produce the products more in the "California style", that is fruity and less yeast. In 1982 Adolf Heck's son Gary took over the management of the company. In 1998, von Korbel was the winery Kenwood
bought, but already 2002 both enterprises of the beer company Anheuser Busch taken over.
The own vineyards cover 240 hectares in the AVA area Russian River Valley
However, additional 800 hectares of grapes are purchased. Korbel is the leading sparkling wine house in California
and is one of the bestselling sparkling wine brands in the US after the champagne method. Traditionally, "Korbel Champagne" has been served on many official occasions, such as at several Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004) or at the inauguration ceremonies of US Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (For this the "Special Inaugural Cuvée" was created). The brands are Chardonnay, Rouge (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon), Natural (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay), Brut (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Colombars), Rosé (Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard), Blanc de Noirs (Pinot Noir), Blanc de Blancs and Le Premier (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). Every year around 1.5 million boxes (18 million bottles) of sparkling wine are produced. On the occasion of the turn of the millennium 2000 a proud record was set up, for the countless celebrations by Korbel nearly 1.7 million boxes of sparkling wine were sent. It also produces brandies (standing on 4th US sales rank) and table wines.