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Opus One

The famous winery is located in the AVA Oakville in California Napa Valley, The vineyards cover 110 hectares of vineyards. It was created as a 50:50 joint venture by the wine legends Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) and Robert Mondavi (1913-2008) was founded in 1979 with the aim of producing a Bordeaux-style wine in California. The idea was raised by the two at a meeting back in 1970 Hawaii born. According to eyewitness reports, at a meeting in Bordeaux in 1978, the concept was fixed within an hour. The name "Opus One" was not established until 1983. The first experimental red wine production took place in 1979 by Lucien Sionneau of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Thimothy Mondavi. The wine was made from Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Cabernet Franc (16%) and Merlot (4%) and aged 24 months in 100% new barriques. Between 1979 and 2001, Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for between 80% and 97% of the total, which is about a classic Bordeaux blend from the left bank of the Gironde. The duration of aging in barriques was between 15 and 24 months. This information is published on the Opus One homepage.

The vintages 1979 and 1980 were officially presented together in 1984. In 1991, a new winery was completed, until then, the wine was produced in across the street winery "Robert Mondavi Winery". The vineyards have been steadily increased over the years by acquisition to the present extent. Opus One is one of California's most outstanding and expensive wines and is marketed in 65 countries worldwide. For a bottle of the founding year 1979 had 1995 at a auction 2,500 dollars to be paid. Current vintages today cost about $ 150 to $ 200. Older years are among the best and most expensive wines in the world, Special vintages are for example 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. The latter is called Wine of the century titled. It was made from Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Cabernet Franc (8%), Merlot (3%) and Malbec (3%). Through the sale of the entire Mondavi Empire in December 2004, Opus One also came into the possession of the US Beverage Multis Constellation Brands,

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