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Cardinale Estate Winery
Single Varietal Focused Producer in Oakville, California
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Cardinale Estate is owned by Jackson Family Wines, parent company of Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Murphy-Goode, Matanzas Creek, Freemark Abbey, and other fine wines.
Lawyer and entrepreneur Jess Jackson started his wine empire in 1974, when he purchased a pear and walnut orchard in California’s Lake County, converted it to a vineyard, and began selling grapes to local wineries. In 1982 he produced the first vintage of his own Kendall-Jackson wine—and the rest is history.
Cardinale Estate is one of the rare wineries that create a single wine each year—in this case, an extremely high-end Cabernet Sauvignon-based meritage named Cardinale (the 2006 received 100 points from Wine Enthusiast).
On a visit to the lovely all-stone winery with its spacious tasting room, you’ll sample a few vintages of Cardinale for a relatively low fee.
The winery sits atop a hill in a serene setting that offers stunning views of Napa Valley’s southern end. Take time to stand on the balcony and survey the scene before you.
In 2005, Forbes Magazine listed Jess Jackson’s worth at $1.8 billion, making him the 366th richest person in the world. Two years later he was richer, with $2.2 billion, but had fallen to No. 432 in world ranking.
Amenities: Cellar Tour, Wine & Food pairing