The winemaking legacy at Beaulieu Vineyard remains unbroken for more than a century. Our story is one of this remarkable place and the extraordinary people who shaped winemaking in America. We respect classic values and the art of craftsmanship, and believe that these aspects of our heritage cannot be left behind.
In 1900, when Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it “beau lieu,” or “beautiful place.” Shortly thereafter, de Latour sold his thriving cream of tartar business, bought the four-acre ranch and founded Beaulieu Vineyard with the vision of making Napa Valley wines that would rival those of his native France.
De Latour quickly made a name for himself by importing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock from Europe to the recently-ravaged fledgling California wine industry. When prohibition hit and most wineries shuttered, Beaulieu Vineyard increased its business by fourfold by selling sacramental wine to the Catholic Church. After the repeal in 1933,
Georges de Latour became dedicated to the research and innovation that would bring about his Rutherford Estate’s finest expression. In 1938, he traveled to France and met André Tchelistcheff, famed viticulturist and enologist who instituted the philosophy of continuous innovation in vineyard and winery to which we remain dedicated today. When he joined Beaulieu and tasted the de Latour family’s private wine – what they called “Private Reserve” – from the 1936 vintage, he insisted it be bottled and sold as the winery’s flagship offering. In 1940, Beaulieu Vineyard released the first vintage of Private Reserve and named it in our founder’s honor. The resulting wine became the first release of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was destined to become Napa Valley’s first “cult” Cabernet.
Today we continue with that spirit of innovation to produce exceptional wines that stand among the world’s finest. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. In 2008, we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine that has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford since its inaugural vintage.
GEORGES DE LATOUR HARVEST TOUR & LIBRARY TASTING
Our most elevated winery experience invites you to savor perfectly aged library vintages of the iconic Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 5 different vintages served will span several decades, including the current and future release (in barrel) of this cult wine. Enjoy a private tour of our historic Rutherford winery and get an in-depth view into our cellar team processing the 2019 harvest, freshly picked from the vines. Following the winemaking tour, delight in a flight of Georges de Latour Cabernet in an intimate, reserved setting. This is a join-in experience and reservations are required.
80TH ANNIVERSARY GEORGES DE LATOUR EXPERIENCE
LIMITED TIME AVAILABILITY
Delight in a comprehensive experience which thoughtfully unfolds the story of Napa Valley trailblazer Georges de Latour and his ensuing namesake wine from historical, present-day and future viewpoints. Savor a retrospective array of rare library vintages of our adored flagship wine, along with current release gems and a future selection patiently ageing in barrel. Please enjoy a complimentary custom Georges de Latour 80th Anniversary Riedel glass ($50 value) as part of your experience.Reservations recommended.
CABERNET COLLECTOR TASTING
A truly unique opportunity for the Cabernet Connoisseur. Relish a flight of four iconic wines, featuring current release Reserve Tapestry Red Blend, Clone 4, Clone 6 and Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon. hosted exclusively in our Reserve Room.
Enjoy a selection of our most popular wines – a flight representing the breadth of our iconic portfolio. Delight in this perfect pairing of Beaulieu Vineyard wines and our inviting patio all summer long!
Explore our iconic Napa Valley history while guided through a selection of limited production, winery-exclusive Maestro wines inspired by “the Maestro” himself, famed and beloved Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker André Tchelistcheff.
WINE CLUB MEMBER TASTING
Enjoy a specially curated tasting menu, designed exclusively for our members. Experience set in our Wine Club Room.