Stairs of the Opus One Winery

   
Stairs of the Opus One Winery

Stairs of the Opus One Winery

©Kathleen Cohen

Opus One Winery

San Jose WorldArt

 

Stairs spiral down into the lower hallway of the Opus One Winery which is a winery in Oakville

California, USA. The wine was called napamedoc until 1982 when it was named Opus One. The winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi. It’s purpose was to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which in my opinion may be quite awesome to achieve. The greatest thing about this winery is that it is located across State Route 29 California from the Robert Mondavi Winery. The creation of this winery venture in 1980 was big news in the wine industry; Philippe de Rothschild’s involvement added an air of respectability to the burgeoning Napa wine region. An interesting tidbit to know is that the first vintage created in 1979 was released in1984, which was created at the same time as the 1980 vintage. For a while it was the most expensive Californian wine that had a cost of 50 USD. In 1989 a new winery was built just down the road, the first vintage from the new winery was from 1991 and was released in 1994. The stairs located inside Opus One Winery were the joint venture between Mondavi and Baron Rothschild was announced in 1980. But in reality the plans for the winery’s stairs had been developing between the two men since the early 1970s. Surprisingly in 1980, Mondavi sold 35 acres from his own land to Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA to the joint venture that would serve as the backbone for the blend. The great this to know is that the first vintage from this block was released in 1985, and soon the estate built the large limestone winery in Oakville that has become an icon of the Napa Valley. The greatest thing about the stairs in the 1990’s were used to travel in between corridors of the winery. An astonishing find is that Opus One became the California cult wine to be widely sold in Asia and Europe. Following Constellation Brands’ 2004 takeover of Robert Mondavi winery, the estate of Baron Rothschild negotiated with Constellation Brands control of marketing, vineyard management and administration of the winery.