Grgich Hills Celebrates 3 Decades of Winemaking
On July 4, 2007, Grgich Hills celebrated its 30th anniversary. Mike Grgich, Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl started the winery on July 4th, 1977. They celebrated the event with a private tasting and public party called, “Saturday Night Fever.”
The private tasting featured many of the winery’s old vintages. Mike Grgich said the event included, “…about 30 friends, wine writers, consumers, restaurant owners, professors, all who worked together with us for 30 years. We will taste all of the vintages and remind everyone of the old days and how the wine used to be. We will compare them to our new styles of wines as our style is constantly evolving.”
Originally from Croatia, Mike Grgich left his beloved country to escape communism. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, he has started a winery in Croatia and funded the removal of land mines from the 1991-1995 war. He also sponsored research which has proven that the Zinfandel grape’s genetic roots are in Croatia.