Miljenko’s 100th Birthday

2023 is the 100th birthday of our beloved winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and the Grgich and Hills families want to invite you to join us as we embark on a year-long, joyous, celebration of his life. Events will be taking place around the country, and we will be updating our events page to keep you informed about opportunities in your area.


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I realized that you don’t make wine only with your head and your senses. You make wine with your heart.

Miljenko "Mike" Grgich

An inductee to the Vintners Hall of Fame, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is a legend in the Napa Valley.

Over the past 50 years, Mike’s wines, crafted in the classic Old World tradition, have won a stream of California and international prizes, establishing Grgich Hills Estate as one of the premier wineries in the U.S. and the world. Passionate and relentless in his quest for quality, Mike has also helped pioneer a number of significant breakthroughs in California winemaking techniques, including the use of cold sterilization and malolactic fermentation and the use of oak barrels for proper aging.

Mike’s most celebrated achievement came in 1976 when a Chardonnay he crafted for Chateau Montelena beat the very best wines in France in a now famous blind tasting in Paris. This event that stunned the wine world catapulted the Napa Valley into the front ranks of the leading wine-producing regions of the world.

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