“Making estate-grown wines means staying small, having an absolute focus on quality, and having complete control over every vine, every wine, and every stage of viticulture and winemaking. Everything in the bottle comes from our land, and our hands.”— Ted Henry, Winemaker
Clos Du Val was founded by the Goelet family in 1972, an era that wine writer Hugh Johnson referred to as “the turning point in modern wine history”. Clos Du Val acquired 150 acres of estate vineyards in the heart of the Stags Leap District, and made its first wines, including the legendary debut 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon — one of only six California Cabernets selected for the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, where California defeated some of Bordeaux’s finest.
For more than 40 years, Clos Du Val has farmed estate vineyards in Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville. Recognized as some of the finest winegrowing land in Napa Valley, and farmed by renowned winegrower Jon-Mark Chappellet, these vineyards provide a world-class palette of estate fruit for Winemaker Ted Henry.
From 100 acres of exceptional Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon at Clos Du Val’s acclaimed Hirondelle Estate Vineyard to the prized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines of the Gran Val Vineyard in Carneros, Clos Du Val’s wines are made using grapes from some of the most cherished winegrowing land in Napa Valley.
Today, guided by an acclaimed team that includes President Steve Tamburelli, Director of Operations Jon-Mark Chappellet and Winemaker Ted Henry, Clos Du Val has experienced a renaissance in every facet of the winery. This period of revitalization started with the 2012 vintage, when Clos Du Val began a vineyard-driven stylistic shift with the goal of achieving the utmost quality.