Grgich Hills Estate

Mike Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. In a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges tasted an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

After his victory in Paris, Mike sat down with Austin Hills and his sister, Mary Lee Strebl, from the Hills Bros. Coffee family, and on Independence Day 1977 they gave birth to the Grgich Hills Estate winery. It was an ideal partnership. Austin owned premium vineyards in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, and with his extensive background in business, he put the winery on its financial feet. Mike, with his fierce commitment to making wines of the highest quality, began producing what immediately became the Grgich Hills signature wine: exquisite, richly complex Chardonnays.

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Name: Grgich Hills Estate
Address: 1829 St. Helena Hwy
City: Rutherford
State: CA
ZIP: 94573
Phone: 800-532-3057
Twitter: @Grgich_Hills
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