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Napa Valley Winery an Architectural Tribute to Thomas Jefferson
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
In the late 1960s, Jay Corley decided to honor a fellow food and wine enthusiast, Thomas Jefferson, by growing grapes and enjoying fine wines just as Jefferson did; he also named his winery after Jefferson’s home, Monticello.
Eventually Corley went further in his appreciation for the nation’s third president: he built the 5000-square-foot "Jefferson House" on the winery property. The building, a one-third sized replica of Jefferson’s neo-classical home, contains Colonial furniture and is surrounded by gardens patterned on Jeffersonian principles. Jefferson House also contains a culinary center, offices, and various private rooms for special events.
These days the winery is co-owned and run by Jay Corley’s three sons, Kevin, Chris, and Stephen, who serve, in that order, as winegrower, winemaker, and sales and marketing head.
Monticello Vineyards has five vineyards (about 112 acres) under cultivation, producing approximately 15,000 cases a year. The wines consistently receive 90+ ratings in top wine magazines. The tasting room, located in a peaceful setting behind the Jefferson House, is quite comfortable, paneled in wood, and offers a long counter for tasting.
Jay Corley’s ancestors settled in Virginia in 1640. When deciding whether to name his winery after Jefferson’s home, Corley asked himself: “Who better to honor than the greatest Virginian of all?”
Amenities: Picnic Area. Wine Club (includes access to Reserve Room tasting in Jefferson House). Private events can be arranged.