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McKenzie-Mueller Winery

Carneros AVA Family Winery in Napa Valley, California

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Bob Mueller and Karen McKenzie, the husband-wife team who founded McKenzie-Mueller in 1989, have been surrounded by vineyards all their lives: they both grew up in Napa Valley.
McKenzie-Mueller Winery tasting room in the BarnEarly in his career, Bob worked for legendary winemaker Robert Mondavi, from whom he learned the ins and outs of crafting refined wines. He’s been perfecting his knowledge ever since with a long and illustrious line of award-winners.
The winery is by any definition a family affair: Bob is both winegrower and winemaker; Karen manages the office and serves as tasting guide; and all five children have worked at the winery.
McKenzie-Mueller Winery in Los CarnerosThe Carneros property was serving as grazing land for cattle when McKenzie-Mueller took it over years ago, and the family planted and developed the extensive vineyards literally from the ground up.
A visit here is a chance to see old-fashioned winemaking at work. All parts of the process are done by hand, with no machine intervention. Natural yeast fermentation is used, and wines are bottled unfiltered.
Your tasting will occur in a cozy renovated barn filled with art and photographs, and your wine will probably be poured by one of the people whose name is on the label. A visit to the barrel room and/or an information filled walk through the vineyard can be included depending on your interest and time availability.

McKenzie-Mueller vineyards and barrel storage panorama

Fascinating Fact:

In 2000 the winery was selected as Estate Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine—a notable honor.
Amenities: Wine Club
Founded: 1989
Signature Wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir
Wine Tasting: By appointment only
Hours: By appointment
McKenzie-Mueller Winery
2530 Las Amigas Road
Napa, CA 94559

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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