Documentary On Miljenko “Mike” Grgich To Premiere At 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival

Like the Old Vine Describes How Famed Winemaker Achieved His American Dream

Mike GrgichSeptember 25, 2012, Rutherford, CA – Grgich Hills Estate today announced that Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, President and Winemaker of Grgich Hills Estate and Vintner’s Hall of Fame Inductee, is the subject of the documentary Like the Old Vine that will premiere at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7 at the Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main Street, St. Helena. Seating is very limited and requires a reservation; audience members should arrive 20 minutes before showtime. Passes are available for purchase at

Like the Old Vine describes Mike Grgich’s extraordinary life, achievements and how his “American Dream” became a reality. The documentary will show some interesting unpublished events about the 1976 Paris Tasting. Like the Old Vine was filmed by Croatian Radiotelevision in the Napa Valley, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and Mike’s birthplace in Desne, Croatia.

Mike Grgich and the documentary’s director, Milka Barišic, will have a Question-and-Answer session with the audience following the screening. Afterwards, attendees are invited to join them in celebrating this memorable event at a private reception at Grgich Hills Estate.

Located at 1829 St. Helena Highway (Hwy 29) in Rutherford, Grgich Hills Estate was founded in 1977 by Vintner Hall of Fame Inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Austin Hills after Mike’s 1973 Chardonnay outscored the best of France in the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting that revolutionized the world of wine. Today this iconic winery farms 366 acres naturally, without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and uses its passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. Mike is assisted by his daughter, Violet Grgich, Vice-President of Operations, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, Vice-President of Vineyards and Production. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Grgich Hills Estate