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Charles Krug

Historic St. Helena Winery developed by Peter Mondavi

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In 1861, when Prussian immigrant Charles Krug established the first winery in Napa Valley, he kicked off the start of one of the world’s most renowned wine regions. After Krug’s death in 1892, the winery was purchased by James Moffitt, who sold it in 1943 to Italian immigrants, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi.
After Cesare’s 1959 death, his sons Peter and Robert took over the winery (Robert left in 1966 to found his own winery). The long-time head of Charles Krug, Peter Mondavi’s countless wine-making innovations have included cold fermentation and cold sterilization, now the norm for making white wines.
Exiting from the highway, you’ll drive down a road lined with olive trees and park in a small lot near the tasting room.
You’ll be surrounded by history, including the 1872 Redwood Cellar that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the beautiful 1881 Carriage House—both in use today. The ancient mechanical device you’ll see is the original cider press used by Charles Krug to make wine. Inside the 1950s-era tasting room, the bar counters are made from the winery’s original redwood tanks. Gaze at the bucolic property or sit outside and relax with a glass of wine.

Fascinating Fact:

French oak barrels were first used in Napa Valley by Charles Krug Winery in 1963.
Amenities: Wine club, Picnic area, Gift shop, Kid-friendly
Founded: 1861
Signature Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10:30–5:30
Charles Krug
2800 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

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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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