Grgich Hills Estate Winery

Calistoga: Miljenko’s Vineyard

In 1997, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich purchased a vineyard in Calistoga that he had first became familiar with when he was at Chateau Montelena and made wine from grapes here. Part of the vineyard was planted to Zinfandel that was more than 100 years old and it made some of the best Zinfandel Mike had ever tasted so he patiently waited until the vineyard came on the market. Mike enjoyed the spectacular view so much he built his home here and called the vineyard Miljenko’s, using his Croatian name.
 
The old vine Zinfandel is of unknown origin, while the newer plantings were budded over from these century-old Zinfandel vines. The vineyard’s gravelly loam provide excellent drainage and the cloudless days and cool nighttime temperatures are perfect for sun-loving Zinfandel. The vines are head pruned to protect the grapes from sunburn. All of these factors combine to produce concentrated, complex flavors in the wine. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm all of our vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and they are certified organic.

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