Immigrant brothers Josef, Anton and Francis Korbel could not have imagined the legions of Americans that now know their name when they established a small winery next to their vineyard in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley in 1882. The acquisition of Korbel Champagne Cellars by the Heck family in 1954 brought product and technological innovations that again revolutionized America’s enjoyment of champagne. Korbel Brut and Korbel Extra Dry, the company’s mainstays, paved the way for new champagnes like Korbel Natural, Korbel Chardonnay and Korbel Brut Rosé. This combination of choice and value led millions to discover the pleasures of California champagne.
In addition to fine California champagne, Korbel has been producing brandy since 1889. No one in the world makes brandy quite like Korbel – medium bodied, a touch of oak, with a tantalizing aroma and a rich, smooth taste that never lets you forget the California grapes from which it is produced.
Steeped in history, Korbel has become a popular tourist destination. Their one-hour tour will expose you to over 125 years of champagne-making tradition. The Korbel Garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades. What started out as an impressive collection of roses – more than 250 varieties in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House – is now surrounded by an array of colors, textures and aromas that shift with the seasons. And finally, a trip to Korbel is not complete without a stop in the Korbel Delicatessen and Market. Online at www.korbel.com.
Address: 13250 River Road
Phone: (707) 824-7000