Parador Cellars Vineyards

(707) 256-1770 PO Box 3298
Yountville, CA 94559
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Parador began as much a curiosity as a dream. The question of why it was that thus far in California's well-documented history of its wine industry, had the Tempranillo grape variety not been given much attention; in fact very little indeed. The supposition that California's winemakers quest to emulate the wines of France, and to a lesser degree, Italy, seems to be how Tempranillo was delegated to the most outlying growing areas, and without much attention to clonal selection or other important quality factors. Thus began our quest to make a world-class wine using the Tempranillo grape variety along with the already renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. In March of 1998, travel to Spain was the requirement in order to seek a high-quality selection of Tempranillo. With stars aligning, introductions were made and the most renowned patriarch of the Tempranillo grape enthusiastically gave the approval to use his Ribera del Duero clone. On to the Rioja, and another selection was attained. Back Read more »

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  • Grenache

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

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