Charles Krug Winery

Charles Krug was an imprisoned revolutionary, an entrepreneur, and a wine visionary. Peter Mondavi and family are entrepreneurs and wine innovators, but never imprisoned revolutionaries (that we know of!). Together, they trace the entire timeline for wine in Napa Valley. Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, was founded by a 24-year-old revolutionary who was part of a coup to overthrow the German Parliament. He was thrown into prison, to be freed only in a second revolution attempt nine months later. Around him, some of Europe’s greatest cities--Prague, Paris and Berlin—were in political and financial turmoil. Meanwhile, from the California Gold Rush came stories of riches and glory and the promise of unimaginable wealth. It didn’t take Krug long to jump on a ship to the New World. Charles was educated, opinionated and entrepreneurial, founding Napa Valley’s first winery in 1881. He was the first major vintner to apply scientific methods and European techniques to winemaking here. He also brought varietal diversity to Napa Valley, too, rejecting the prevalent Mission grape in favor of European varieties. Krug not only set the stage, he built the stage for the Napa Valley wine Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley 2010


    A wonderful wine to enjoy with dinner. It is actually more full bodied than most Merlots, yet the mouth-feel is quite mellow and silky soft. Aged in new French Oak for 8 months and is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot and Malbec. So yummy! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Now in its third century, Charles Krug Winery is the quintessential example of a multigenerational winery that fuses tradition and innovation to craft wines of high acclaim. It is the oldest winery in the Napa Valley and has been owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi, Sr. family for four generations. The winery dates back to 1861, when it was ... Read More

    From the article Four Generations of Napa Valley Winemaking Tradition at Charles Krug Winery

  • Charles Krug Winery Peter Mondavi Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008


    Very smooth and drinkable but also nondescript and lacking in personality Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Napa Valley 2010


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    Wine review by jcooper924

  • Good news! I've been invited to my first wine makers dinner! Needless to say, I'm excited about the opportunity. The dinner is going to be with Gilles Nicault from Long Shadows next week.Naturally I'll be doing my homework in advance to learn what I can and think about good questions I'd like to ask. I know that Long Shadows has been discussed h... Read More

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  • Charles Krug Carneros Chardonnay 2011


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    Wine review by pboss

  • Charles Krug Carneros Chardonnay 2010


    Drank it on 12/1/2013. It was Very good. Had a creamy rich taste along with hints of lemon and apple, Read More

    Wine review by Mazzeo

  • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012


    Nice Napa sauvignon blanc. Nothing extreme here, just nice notes of grapefruit, lemon and green apple. Nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Cr Cellars 'Fortissimo' California Grape Wine L


    Not quite 10 years ago I took my mother shopping at a Costco on Long Island. ... it could be gotten at the Charles Krug Winery, easily found just a mile or 2 north of St Helena's main drag. Recently, I was up that way again and stopped in to pay homage to my grandfather, who as a kid I can remember making his own wine in our basement in Brookl... Read More

    Wine review by John Minagro

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