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Grgich Hills Cellar

1829 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 963-2784

Tasting:   Open daily 9:30 to 4:30 pm
$10 with souvenir wine glass
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
Tours 11 & 2 pm with appointment
Price Range:   $25 to $58 per bottle
Established:   1977
Vineyards:   Five vineyards 360 acres
  60,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Posip (Border Collie)

Grgich Hills Cellar Description

This informal beige building with the American flag out in front is the home of one of Napa Valley’s “old hands” who helped transform California’s wine industry. Miljenko “Mike” Grgich emigrated from Croatia and was an early pioneer, along with former boss Robert Mondavi, in developing the region’s modern wine industry. Credited with making the winning Chardonnay at the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, Grgich went on to work with many of the respected names in the Valley.

GrapeRadio Audio Interview with Mike Grgich

The philosophy at Grgich Hills is “to treat grapes and wines as if they were living, breathing things.” They operate five vineyards in the region and use biodynamic agricultural practices, which incorporate all of the elements of organic farming, using no artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or fungicides. These methods treat the Earth as a living organism, using nature’s basic life forces to bring about balance between the grapevines, the Earth and -- ultimately -- the wine.

The newly renovated tasting room has a bright, pleasing ambiance, with a richly detailed dark wood tasting bar, back-bar mirrors and cabinets with elegant glass doors. The tasting room staff invites you to enjoy one of the most personable wineries of the Napa Valley for a friendly wine-tasting experience, including lighthearted educational tours offered at 11am and 2pm (call for reservations).

The winery produces classic Napa Valley Chardonnay fermented in French oak barrels, avoiding malolactic fermentation to retain the natural acids, aromas, and flavors and to increase its longevity. Fume Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out their offerings. Large- and small-format bottles are also available.

Grgich Hills Cellar Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Gift Shop
Tours - Regularly Scheduled
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Lisa & Garry, Cumberland
First visit to Napa from Maine and we found this winery to be one of the friendliest we visited. Not one of those over the top tastings that can happen here. Staff are knowledgeable, helpful and made us feel very comfortable. Great experience and well worth the stop!

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KAM, Santa Rosa
Mike Grgich made California wine history in 1976 with a chardonnay he made at Cht. Montelena. He's been making incredible wine ever since--just pay the place a visit to find out for yourself. The tasting room staff is amazing, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. They even had a barrel out the weekend we were there for sampling. All of the wines are phenomenal in their own right--be sure to check out the Zin, another history-making wine for the Grgich's. Don't miss this amazing winery and valuable piece of California winemaking history.

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great staff
Great staff. Fun wine. Good place for large groups.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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