In 1900, Georges de Latour arrived to find Napa Valley planted to orchards of walnuts and prunes. His vision for making wines that would rival those of Europe helped establish what has become one of the most important wine regions the world over.
When Georges and Fernande de Latour first traveled to the heart of Napa Valley in 1900, Fernande took one look at the lovely Rutherford expanse and exclaimed "beau lieu," or "beautiful place."
From the ingenuity behind surviving Prohibition, to the crafting Napa Valley's first "cult" Cab, to the construction of our new Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery-discover the exciting history of Beaulieu Vineyard year by year with a pictorial timeline.
The diversity of soils and microclimates found in Napa Valley, as well as clones and cultivation techniques, contribute to the personalities of each vineyard. We selected vineyards from the 26-mile-length of the valley, with a focus on our BV® Rutherford and Calistoga ranches. Napa Valley produces only four percent of the grapes grown in California, yet it is known world-wide. Summer?s night fog, rolling up the long, narrow valley from the San Francisco Bay, keeps grape acid levels high while the sunny days yield ripe, rich flavors. This wine shows its Napa Valley appellation with vibrant fruit character and impeccable balance.