When Clos Pegase opened in Calistoga in 1987, it captured the attention of the international wine world with a masterpiece design by renowned architect Michael Graves. Founder Jan Shrem, in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, conducted an architectural design competition beginning in 1984 that drew 96 design teams. An esteemed competition jury narrowed the field to five finalists, and declared Graves’s was the winning design.
Internationally-acclaimed architecture and a commitment to estate-grown Napa Valley wines make Clos Pegase one of the most distinctive wineries in the world. With nearly 300 acres of estate vineyards, a Michael Graves-designed winery, a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and a newly-planted Heritage Garden combining classical elements with a modern California feel, Clos Pegase is a celebration of Napa Valley wine and a landmark destination.
The name Clos Pegase came from the founders’ passion for Greek mythology and French wine culture. Clos, French for enclosure, signified their desire to make wine from estate-grown fruit, while Pegase is French for Pegasus, the famous winged horse in Greek mythology who created a sacred spring, which watered the vineyards of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. A painting of Pegasus by Redon adorns the label of Clos Pegase wines.
Clos Pegase specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The winery is renowned for making wines that come from grapes grown for decades exclusively in its 286 acres of estate vineyards,each ideally suited to its terroir. This important factor determines wine quality, as Clos Pegase has complete control over the grape growing process and can farm its vineyards exactly to its winemaking specifications.