Opus One Winery, Oakville

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Opus One Winery is a winery in Oakville, California, United States. The wine was called napamedoc until 1982 when it was named Opus One. The winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It is located across State Route 29 from the Robert Mondavi Winery. The creation of this winery venture in 1980 was big news in the wine industry; de Rothschild's involvement added an air of respectability to the burgeoning Napa wine region. The first vintage, 1979 was released in 1984 at the same time as the 1980 vintage. For a while it was the most expensive Californian wine costing $50 and to date still ranks among the most expensive red wines produced in the Napa Valley, commanding prices of $305 per bottle on average. In 1989 a new winery was built just down the road, the first vintage from the new winery was from 1991 and was released in 1994.
Since 1993, they have produced a second wine, Overture.
The genesis of Opus One wine can be traced to 1970 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii where Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild met for the very first time and began their collaboration to merge old world and new world wine styles into one grand opus. The joint venture between Mondavi and Baron Rothschild was announced in 1980, though plans for the winery had been developing between the two men since the early 1970s. In 1980, Mondavi sold 35 acres from his To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA to the joint venture that would serve as the backbone for the blend. The first vintage from this block was released in 1985 and soon the estate built the large limestone winery in Oakville that has become an icon of the Napa Valley.
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  • Make sure you get an outdoor tasting, as the weather and patio there is peaceful and among the best places we visited on our recent trip. I wans't as impressed with their whites or South American wine...  more »
  • My wife hates tours... we've been to so many, we just want to get drinking. But the Opus Tour is really quite nice. The building is beautiful, the cave is spectacular. It's expensive, but you don't fe...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful tasting experience with Laura on a Sunday morning. Arrived a bit early for a 1030 tasting and accommodated graciously with an informative host. Would definitely recommend for anyone traveling to Napa with the goal of tasting some great, high-end wine.
  • Opus One is definitely one of the most beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley. The winery has a beautiful scenery of rolling hills all around it. It’s remarkable architecture and design is mesmerizing. It definitely feels like you’re about to go into a journey. The wine tours are done by appointment; you definitely need to plan ahead. The tour was very intimate and the wine we tasted was amazing. They walk you through the process of wine making. From the plantation of the wines, harvest, and hand picking the best grapes, combining fruits and aging the wine. Every step of the way has a team of passionate masters of their craft. I personally have the honor to know the wine maker, he’s a wonderful person. He’s very passionate about wine. In the tour it really shows how every person that works in the winery is important and a key to make a bottle of wine. Their focus to every little detail and process is mind blowing.

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