"Ultimately, of course, it is human intervention that turns a landscape into a vinescape. Selection of plant material, methods of cultivation and, perhaps most important, timing of the harvest have everything to do with how the land is expressed in wines."
—Rod Smith, Unlocking the Secrets of Terroir
Los Angeles Times
Clos Du Val
In 1970 American businessman John Goelet sent off French-born winemaker Bernard Portet with a passport and a mission to find new territory with the potential to produce world-class wines. Two years and five continents later Portet landed in California. Struck by the cool evenings and idyllic terrain of the then-undiscovered Stags Leap District, he proposed the area to Goelet, who acquired 150 acres of land and founded Clos Du Val, a "small estate of a small valley," in 1972. Portet's old-world approach to winemaking combined with Napa Valley fruit established Clos Du Val's tradition of limited-release, handcrafted estate-style wines of balance, complexity and elegance.
5330 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Open to the public daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Classic tastings are $10/person, and Reserve tastings are $20/person (weekends only). Guided tours and large group tastings by appointment only.