Monticello Vineyards

Tasting Room Open Daily 10–4:30

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What to Buy

’13 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Ripe berries, vanilla, juicy fruit $45

’14 Monticello Jefferson Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark berries, warm chocolate, vanilla $48

’13 CORLEY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich ripe fruit $90

Special Notes

Walk-in tastings, private tastings by appointment, wine club, picnic grounds, sustainable farming practices

Story

Thomas Jefferson said, “Good wine is a necessity of life for me,” and Jay Corley, founder of Monticello Vineyards, wholeheartedly agrees. Jay made his foray into the industry by selling grapes to wineries, eventually making the move from grape grower to winery owner and vintner. Adamant about keeping Monticello Vineyards a family-owned and -operated venture, Jay’s sons—Kevin, Chris, Stephen, and Kent Corley—are at the helm. Kevin is winegrower and president, Chris is the winemaker, Stephen is responsible for sales and hospitality, and Kent handles administration.

The year 1980 marked the winery’s fi rst vintage: estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Today’s portfolio has expanded considerably to o er Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Sparkling wine. The family now farms five vineyards exclusively in the Napa Valley—Home Ranch and Knollwood Vineyards in the Oak Knoll district, State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, Tietjen Vineyard Rutherford, and Yewell Vineyard in St. Helena— and produces 15,000 cases each year.

The wines can be sampled in the intimate, wood-paneled tasting room situated on 80 vineyard acres with a 360-degree view of the valley. Just steps away, the Jefferson House, a west coast interpretation of Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, is a compelling focal point serving as a charming venue for private tasting events.

The majority of the wine produced by the Corley family is Monticello Vineyards, but they have two additional designations: CORLEY for their Reserve wines and Montreaux Brut for their Sparkling wine. Wines for all three labels have received some of the highest scores from Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast.

It has been nearly 50 years since Monticello Vineyards released its first vintage. The family and critics agree that the wines just keep getting better. One can only expect the best from the Corley Family in the future. 


Monticello Vineyards

Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: Yes

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: Yes

Exceptional Views: Yes

Club Member Lounge: Yes

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Parings: Yes

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: Yes

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: Yes

Sustainable Practices: Yes

Events

Videos

Monticello Vineyards

The Corley Family and their wines.

Monticello Vineyards Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bacon adds a meaty saltiness to pesto. You'll love it stuffed inside chicken breasts, which look lovely when thickly sliced.

Monticello Vineyards Leek and Cremini Mushroom Tart

The Corley Family shares their delightful leek and mushroom tart made with a salt and pepper crust and melted Gruyère cheese. Pair with their estate grown Pinot Noir.

Monticello Vineyards Fillet of Beef with Bleu Cheese, Rosemary and Pine Nut Sauce

Blue cheese is a luscious pairing with beef; with a sauce made with the Corley Proprietary Red Wine it is truly memorable. Rosemary and pine nuts round out the flavor.