Chateau Montelena was established by Alfred L. Tubbs and is currently owned by Bo Barrett and Heidi Peterson Barrett. In 1882, Alfred Tubbs purchased 254 acres in Napa Valley and began planting vineyards. He was soon one of the largest wine producers in the area.
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Unfortunately, Prohibition put an end to Chateau Montelena’s initial success. After Prohibition was repealed, the Tubbs Family began selling grapes from their vineyards until 1958, when Yort and Jeanie Frank bought the property.
In the early 1970s, James Barrett and his son, Bo, began replanting the estate vineyards. Six years later, Chateau Montelena won the white category at the 1976 Paris Blind Tasting. This is considered a landmark moment in the Napa Valley’s development as a world class winemaking region.
Chateau Montelena’s estate vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Chardonnay is grown near the base of Mount Veeder in the western part of the town of Napa. The winery is located just north of the town of Calistoga.
Current releases include the 2005 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2004 Montelena Estate Zinfandel, 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2006 Potter Valley Riesling.