29 August 2013 News’s Diana Goodman posted an article in honor of Chateau Montelena’s recognition in the National Register of Historic Places. Goodman writes that it is recognized for the estate’s role in helping put Napa Valley wines on the international map with the success at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. “Chateau Montelena originally applied for recognition of its the stone chateau and winery, completed by Alfred Tubbs in 1888, and owned and operated by the Barrett family since 1972. However, the National Register added the Paris tasting as also being historically significant. ” To read the full article click here.


28 August 2013 News, Videos

Chateau Montelena winemaker Cameron Parry introduces Chateau Montelena’s 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay – the 40th vintage release of this historic wine.  Cameron touches on how Montelena has never wavered from its philosophy, but constantly strives to improve.  This 2011 vintage is, in fact, the most critically acclaimed Chardonnay ever released by Chateau Montelena, with the Wine Advocate awarding the wine 93 Points and stating:

“The 2011 Chardonnay appears to have more richness and body than the 2010, which is counterintuitive considering the cool year, but in 2011 Bo Barrett and his team had to wait until the end of October for this fruit to fully ripen, which, needless to say, is highly unusual. The characteristic Montelena Chardonnay aromas and flavors come through, but in a slightly richer style than normal. Hints of lemon oil, crushed rocks and flowers meld together beautifully on the resonant finish. Barrett adds that the 2011 was the first wine made in the new cellar, which is set up to handle small-lot fermentations. Whatever the reasons, the 2011 is striking in every way.” 


15 August 2013 News

The blog Grapefriend posted a piece featuring Chateau Montelena’s 2012 Potter Valley Riesling! Grapefriend’s “drink me” section gives wine suggestions and recommendations of food and wine pairings. For the Potter Valley Riesling, Kung Pao spicy chicken wings was the food of choice! Grapefriend’s comments were as  follows: “Yum factors: Very light and the perfect amount of sweetness – not overpowering, just there for balance. It’s not as searingly acidic as German, or Alsatian Rieslings which I love, but this is like a more gentle, more floral version of it and still really, really delicious.” Click here to read the full blog post.

Grapefriend's food and wine pairing photo!

5 July 2013 News, Videos

Here is a great video of Bo Barrett talking about Chateau Montelena’s Oat Harvest project! Click on the video below!


14 May 2013 News

The June 2013 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazines has a mention on Chateau Montelena’s recent historic recognition and the recent parting of founder James Barrett. See below for the clip and excerpt.

“Chateau Montelena continues to make wine 125 years later in Tubb’s stately stone building, and both the founding period and the later rebirth of the winery recently  earned Montelena a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. While the latest recognition arrived, another chapter in Chateau Montelena’s story came to a close – founder James Barrett passed away on March 14, 2013. Barrett served in the Navy during World War II and spent over 20 years practicing law before purchasing and refurbishing Chateau Montelena in 1972. Barrett remained involved with the winery until his death, and his son Bo continues to manage Chateau Montelena and make the wine.”

27 March 2013 News

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Jim Barrett, founder/owner of Chateau Montelena, passed away last week after a brief and sudden illness. NPR published a great tribute to his life and legacy. Jim Barrett made history with Chateau Montelena with the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay, which put California wines on the map by winning the Paris Tasting in 1976.  “The guy went from being an attorney to being on a submarine in the Korean War to owning one of the best American wineries,” says Scott Wilson, one of the 3 Wine Guys, a podcasting trio of wine experts. “I mean it’s a pretty amazing life. When Barrett showed up in Napa Valley in the 1970s, he says, the place was hardly the lush green countryside we see today.”  The photo below is Jim Barrett holding a bottle of the famous Napa Valley 1973 Chardonnay back in 1996. Click here to read the full tribute.



27 February 2013 News

Market Watch just published an article featuring Chateau Montelena and its recent recognition: the U.S. National Park Service has named the Calistoga Chateau Montelena to the National Register of Historic Places. The historic stone winery was finished in 1888 by Alfred L. Tubbs and was bought by Jim Barrett in 1972. “It goes back a lot farther than people give us credit for,” says Jim’s son Bo Barrett, current master winemaker and partner in the family-owned winery. “We were pretty stoked to see that our family’s and the Montelena Team’s contributions were deemed by others to be so historic in Napa Valley, California and U.S. history. I have to say it is a huge compliment and we all are extremely honored.” Click here to read the full article and more about the history of Chateau Montelena.

14 December 2012 News

Chateau Montelena has made sustainability a philosophy that is woven into everything they do. For over 40 years Montelena has been a pioneer in sustainability and continues to make their wines “with an ongoing love for the environment of the planet and her passengers”. To check out all the ways that Chateau Montelena is staying green click the image below.

30 November 2012 News

Courtesy of Chateau Montelena, visitors to the winery who drive electric-powered cars can now charger their car batteries while they step inside the Montelena estate and enjoy!  They installed a Pedestal Charger along with the first Level 3 DC Fast Charger in the Napa Valley. To read more about the DC Fast Charger at Chateau Montelena click the image below!

14 September 2012 News, Videos

Chateau Montelena has just launched a new online virtual tour of the winery on its Web-site.  The virtual tour allows visitors to wander through the long hallway that connects the tasting room to the estate room,  stroll through the crooked walkways over the placid waters of Jade Lake, and so much more.  A 1-minute video will greet you and the “Help” tab will allow you to find out how to navigate through the many things there are to explore.  To find the tour look for the “Kicker” at the bottom of their homepage by clicking the image below.