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Opus One

Impressive Architecture, One Wine, in Oakville CA

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Opus One was founded by “wine royalty”—France’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi.

Opus One winery from Oakville Grade

In 1978 the two men sat down with a yellow legal pad and, within an hour, had drafted a joint winemaking venture. Their goal: to combine their winemaking approaches to produce a world-class Bordeaux-style Cabernet blend.
Only one wine is produced each year under the Opus One label (another wine, Overture, is produced under a second label). Today Opus One is jointly owned by Constellation Brands and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.
A visit to Opus One is a luxurious experience with a European flair. After turning onto the long driveway lined with olive trees, you’ll notice the round and massive limestone winery building; commanding a man-made hilltop, it’s surrounded by immaculate grounds and manicured vineyards.

Opus One

Before you step inside you’ll hear the sound of classical music (probably Vivaldi). Once through the doors, check in for your appointment with the concierge. Then it’s off to the high-ceilinged, opulently-furnished Partner’s Room for a taste of the current Opus One vintage.
Lounge on comfy couches surrounded by orchids and 18th century antiques, or you may prefer to take your glass to the upstairs terrace with its fabulous 360° views.

Opus One terrace view

Fascinating Fact:

In the popular wine-oriented movie, Sideways, Opus One was the only Napa winery referenced by name.
Amenities: Daily Tours
Founded: 1989
Signature Wines: Opus One
Wine Tasting: By appointment only
Hours: Daily, 10-4
Opus One
7900 Highway 29
Oakville, CA 94562

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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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