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X Winery got its start at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo when MBA candidate Reed Renaudin put together a business plan. The idea: to create quality- and value-oriented wines utilizing the latest sustainable and technological advances.
For example, the winery’s cork closures are Rainforest Alliance certified and incorporate an eco-friendly process that reduces the harmful TCA molecules that can be released into wine.
President and winemaker Renaudin started gaining wine industry experience in the mid-1990s, and over the years he has worked at Gallo, Heitz and Cuvaison in Northern California, as well as at Australia’s Cape Clairault Wines.
In the heart of Napa’s downtown, X Winery is a bright, open and non-fancy space with a relaxed and friendly feel. If you choose to taste at the handsome wine bar, note that it’s made from the staves of wine barrels (you can also taste while relaxing at tables that run alongside the windows). The eraser board on the wall always holds a Wine Quote of the Day, and the walls are decorated with photographs and artwork by Napa artists.
The term X Winery was originally a placeholder until a “real” name was found. The name eventually stuck.
Amenities: Wine Club