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Beaulieu Vineyard (BV)
Historic Stone Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley California
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
In 1900, when a Rutherford winery founded in 1885 was put up for sale, it was purchased by a transplanted Frenchman named Georges de Latour and his wife, Fernande.
The couple’s ambitious goal: creating wines to equal or surpass those made in France. Their winery managed to survive Prohibition by producing sacramental wines, and in 1933 they hired the famous French viticulturist, André Tchelistcheff, to turn their delayed goal into reality.
Tchelistcheff introduced countless winemaking innovations now taken for granted, and his 1936 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for Beaulieu is considered the first-ever “cult” Cabernet. His enormous influence on up-and-coming winemakers, including the young Robert Mondavi, shaped today’s California wine industry.
Today Beaulieu is owned by Diageo, the world’s largest wine and spirits company, and maintains two main tasting rooms. In the Maestro Room, you’ll sample a variety of Beaulieu wines. In the Reserve Tasting Room, nestled within the original winery’s stone walls, you’ll taste the rarer reserve wines. Historic tours and barrel tastings are available by appointment.
The winery’s name, Beaulieu, was created from the French phrase Quel beau lieu (“What a beautiful place!”). That was Fernande’s reaction the first time she visited the property.
Amenities: Wine Club, Frequent Special Events, Historic Tours