Grgich Hills Estate: An Iconic Napa Valley Winery

Grgich Hills Estate: An Iconic Napa Valley Winery

A virtual tasting and discovery of the wines that shocked the world.

Type Virtual Tasting
Virtual platform
Tags california wine / grgich hills estate / organic wine / virtual tasting / wine
  • LIVE ONLINE ZOOM BROADCAST 16 Feb, 7:00 - 8:00 pm


Join us for a special tasting with Grgich Hills Estate, an award winning Napa Valley winery. Grgich Hills Estate opened in 1977 by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich after earning world-wide recognition in the famous 1976 Paris Tasting. With his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, Mike began producing Grgich's signature wine: the exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays that delights wine lovers throughout the world. Today, Grgich Hills remains family owned and operated, practicing the art of winemaking by crafting food-friendly wines known for their consistency, quality, great balance and finesse.

The Paris Tasting of 1976

  • In a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array
  • of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley.
  • When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world.

A Family Operation

  • After his victory in Paris, Mike laid the groundwork for the creation of Grgich Hills Cellars with his sister and Austin Hills.
  • They are deeply rooted in family in the pursuit of creating the best wines in the world
  • Today, Mike’s daughter, Violet Grgich, is President and Ivo Jeramaz, Mike’s nephew, is Winemaker/VP of Vineyards & Production.

Awards and Accolades

  • Alongside many other awards, Grgich Hills Zinfandel was awarded “Best Zinfandel Worldwide” & Grgich Hills Chardonnay has been named one of the Top 10 Chardonnays”
  • Grgich Hills Estate has been name Winery of the Year twice in its history in 1992 and 2007.
  • Grgich Hills Chardonnay has been poured for the Queen of England, the King of Spain and in the White House for 3 separate administrations.

Certified Organic Wines

  • Great wine begins in the vineyard. As a farmer you want to do right by the land and be proud of what you grow and produce. The concept of terroir is rooted in the idea of place.
  • Organic farming allows the land to be unadulterated, thus the wine will show the true essence of the vineyard.
  • Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, Grgich Hills Estate farm five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and rely on wild yeast fermentation to create certified organic wines.

Wines in the Tasting

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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