The Monticello Story
1995 marked Monticello Vineyards' 25th year of excellence in grape growing in Napa Valley. We take special pride in the stature and recognition that we have gained as a WINEGROWER, both nationally and internationally.
Jay Corley began searching in 1969 for an appropriate site to grow wine grapes and quickly recognized that the best wines in the United States were made from grapes grown in Napa Valley. Because of his personal interest in Burgundian-style wines Jay chose to initially focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and therefore acquired land in the Oak Knoll area of Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa. With it's cooler temperatures, the Oak Knoll area is ideal for growing these varietals.
Great wines are made in the vineyards - this is why Monticello has made such a tremendous commitment to ownership of the most suitable land for our grapes. Every detail is meticulously controlled -- from clonal selections and trellis design to hand-harvesting the fruit.
A winemaker was hired in 1980 to oversee the harvest and crushing of grapes that year at a nearby winery. A new state of the art production facility was completed and first used for the 1982 harvest. The design and equipment selections for the winery parallel the commitment to excellence evident in the vineyard and included a sophisticated dejuicing and holding tank system; the first one in the Napa Valley.
Monticello now produces 20,000 cases of wine annually: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, when weather permits, a late-harvest Semillon.
The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot 8s, Semillon are all from our home vineyard.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is from our State Lane Vineyard in Yountville which has
warmer temperatures and is ideal for ripening the thicker skinned Cabernet grape.
The goal and philosophy of our winemaking is to craft wines of world class quality
which reflect the flavor character of the particular grape and also carry the
signature of the vineyard.
Because of Jay Corley's special interest in Thomas Jefferson and in recognition of Jefferson's contributions to American wine and food, Monticello's "Jefferson House" was patterned after Thomas Jefferson's Estate in Virginia. The "Jefferson House" includes offices, a culinary center, dining room and other hospitality areas for special visitors and stands as a symbol of excellence of the Monticello Estate.
"The first 25 years have prepared us for the next generation as WINEGROWERS in Napa Valley." -Jay Corley, Founder
4242 Big Ranch Road, Napa. The Vineyards and Winery are in the cool "Oak Knoll Region" of Napa Valley, 2 % miles north of the town of Napa.
The Monticello Estate is 80 acres planted to chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot.
Our State Lane Vineyard is 25 acres located in Yountville (approx. 7 miles no. of Monticello) and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chardonnay (Corley Reserve & Corley Family Vineyards) Cabernet Sauvignon (Corley Reserve & Jefferson Cuvee) Merlot (Corley Family Vineyards) Pinot Noir (Corley Reserve & Corley Family Vineyards) Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (Chateau M)
Production: 20,000 cases per year
Founder: Jay Corley
President: Kevin Corley
Wine Maker: John McKay
Tasting & Tours:
Monticello is open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Tours are given daily at 10:30, 12:30 & 2:30 April through October and by appointment otherwise. There is a shaded picnic grove which is open to the public every day (& larger groups by appointment).
Wine and food pairings and other culinary activities are offered from time to time. Please call for details.
Monticello Vineyards / 4242 Big Ranch Road / Napa, CA 94558 / 800-743-6668