Chateau Montelena is one of the most prominent Napa Valley wineries and was directly associated with bringing international recognition to the California wine industry through the 1976 Judgment of Paris. Based in Calistoga, the winery is famous for its wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in particular.
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Its history began in 1882 when the site of the modern winery was bought by Alfred L. Tubbs. Tubbs built the eponymous chateau and created the A.L. Tubbs Winery in 1888, and by 1896 it was the seventh-largest wine producer in California. Prohibition in the 1920s saw the end of the winery, although the Tubbs family continued to grow and sell grapes. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933 winemaking resumed, A.L. Tubbs wines were unable to find their former success. Tubbs’ grandson changed the name to Chateau Montelena, after the nearby Mount Saint Helena, but the winery was sold shortly afterward. In 1972, Jim Barrett took over ownership and released the first vintage.