Chateau Montelena Winery


TODAY NAPA VALLEY WINES ARE KNOWN AS SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD. THAT WASN’T ALWAYS THE CASE. Tannya: CHATEAU MONTELLA WINERY IS CREDITED WITH PUTTING CALIFORNIA ON THE VINO MAP. John: STONE CASTLE WAS BUILT IN THE 1880s AND THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE FOR WINE TASTING. ♪ ♪ John: SHERI, HI. HI. HOW WE DOING? WELCOME TO CHATEAU MONTELLA WINERY. John: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. LOOKS LIKE A CASTLE. CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE HISTORY? I WELCOME BACK HAPPY TO. THIS PROPERTY. IN 1958 TO 1968, KNOCK AND JEANNE FRANK CREATED THIS. THEY DID THREE DIFFERENT SIGNIFICANT THINGS. UNIQUE TO THE PROPERTY. WE HAVE A LAKE, A BEAUTIFUL CHINESE GARDEN AND PAGODAS. Tannya: WITH SUCH DIVERSE GROUND HERE AND OPPORTUNITYS, WHAT ARE SOME EXPERIENCES GUESTS CAN HAVE? DOES ANYONE WANT A CASUAL EXPERIENCE? DO A PUBLIC WALK-IN. THERE ARE OTHER ELEVATED EXPERIENCES. LEARN ABOUT OUR HISTORY. WE’LL DO A WALKING TOUR. TALKING ABOUT THE HISTORY AND DIFFERENT INFLUENCES OF THE FAMILIES. THERE’S THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE VINEYARD TO UNDERSTAND THE FOCUS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL WINE. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE MOST ELEVATED SPEARS, THAT FEATURES OUR FLAGSHIP WINES. John: THE VINEYARDS ARE BEAUTIFUL. UP ON THE HILLS. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE VINEYARDS? APPROXIMATEABOUT 110 IS FOR THE VINEYARDS. IT’S ABOUT THE RED CABERNET. SO OUR WHITE ARE NOT HERE ON THE PROPERTY. OUR ZIN FEN DAL PLANTED HERE BECAUSE OF THE SOIL THAT PRODUCES THE HIGH QUALITY. Tannya: THIS IS A GREAT ROOM. I THINK WE NEED TO TRY OUT SOME UNIQUE EXPERIENCES YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. EASIER IF I CAN SHOW YOU WHAT WE DO. ♪ ♪ SO WE’RE STANDING ON JADE LIKE. — LAKE. THIS WAS CREATED BY THE FRANK FAMILY. TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE OF CHINA AND TO BE ABLE TO CREATE PICNIC AREAS. WE HAVE CHIE CHINESE GARDENS. WE PUT A NATURAL ADDITIVE TO THE LAKE TO REFLECT THE SUNLIGHT AND PREVENT ALGAE. Tannya: BEHIND YOU THERE’S AN ELABORATE PICNIC AREA. THEY GET TO ENJOY THE PICK — PICNIC AREA. John: ANYBODY CAN BECOME A MEMBER. ANYBODY CAN BECOME A MEMBER. Tannya: WE’VE DONE A LOT. WE TALKED A LOT. WE’VE SEEN A LOT. I THINK WE NEED TO TASTE SOMETHING. I’M HAPPY TO. ♪ ♪ FIRST WINE IS THE CHARDONNAY 2016 VINTAGE. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE FAMOUS WINES WE’RE KNOWN FOR. John: CHEERS. THANK YOU. John: WHAT WILL SOMEONE BE TASTING? PARTICULAR GLASS? THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE THAT BUTTERY CHARDONNAY. THIS IS A BURGUNDY STYLE. CHRISTEN ANDCRIPS AND CLEAN. THIS IS OUR CURRENT VIN TAM. VERY REFRESHING BUT IT’S AGE WORTHY. IT IS AGE UP TO 15 YEARS. IT BECOMES ROUNDER. John: THIS IS VERY NICE. CHARDONNAY MADE US FAMOUS. WE HAVE OVER 10,000 CLUB MEMBERS BECAUSE OF THIS WINE HERE. THIS IS GOING TO BE 100 100% FROM THIS ESTATE FROM 110 ACRES ON THE VINEYARD. ALMOST ALL CABERNET. THIS TAKES FOUR YEARS TO TAKE THIS WINE. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY, VERY BOLTED YET CLASSIC AND WELL BALANCED WINE. ENJOY. John: I LIKE IT A LOT. [LAUGHTER] ♪ ♪ John: SHERI, THANK YOU TO MUCH. CAN YOU TELL US HOW SOMEBODY WHO’S VISITING FROM HAWAI’I CAN COME TAKE THE TOURS. COME SEE YOU AND DO WHAT YOU’RE DOING. BEST WAY IS BOOK AT MONTELLA.COM OR GIVE THE WINERY A CALL. WE CAN MAKE SURE WE PUT THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY’RE WANT. Tannya: WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DO THIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING “LIVING808” TO VISIT MONTELLA. IT’S OUR PLEASURE. THANK YOU. John: HERE WE ARE GO. CHEERS. ♪ John: LOOK AT THE CASTLE. IT’S A CASTLE. Mikey: SO PRETTY. Tannya: AND THE WIPE WAS OFF THE CHARTS AMAZING. Mikey: LOOK AT THAT. John: IT’S A A — Tannya: CAN WE GO BACK? John: SERIOUSLY.

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