We defined the Chateau Montelena style in 1972 – fruit, first and foremost, balanced by an underlying structure of natural acidity for an elegant and balanced wine that provides both drinkability and age ability.
Winemaking at Chateau Montelena is regarded as a continuous process that begins in the vineyard, which is why we use the term "winegrowing". Exceptional wine can only be made with exceptional grapes.
We start by planting the right grape in the right place, then capture and carefully nurture the natural flavors and structure without treading on the inherent qualities of the fruit. The winemaker, faced with a myriad of options and several hundred decisions to make, is guided at each step in the process by Chateau Montelena’s philosophy to make the best. Each wine brings the finest characteristics of both the vineyard and the vintage to your table.
Three decades of experience with the same varietals and vineyards have earned Chateau Montelena recognition as a world-class winery.