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Opus One Winery, Oakville

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Opus One Winery 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 Ch√Ęteau Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It is located across State Route 29 from the Robert Mondavi Winery. The creation of this winery venture in 1980 was big news in the wine industry; de Rothschild's involvement added an air of respectability to the burgeoning Napa wine region. The first vintage, 1979 was released in 1984 at the same time as the 1980 vintage. For a while it was the most expensive Californian wine costing 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.HistoryThe genesis of Opus One wine can be traced to 1970 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii where Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild met for the very first time and began their collaboration to merge old world and new world wine styles into one grand opus. The joint venture between Mondavi and Baron Rothschild was announced in 1980, though plans for the winery had been developing between the two men since the early 1970s. In 1980, Mondavi sold 35 acres from his To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA to the joint venture that would serve as the backbone for the blend. 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.
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  • At a charity silent auction, I bid (and won!) a "Twilight Tour and Tasting" for six people to Opus One. As wine tastings go, this was truly a unique, one-of-a-kind experience (and I have done a few wi...  more »
  • Beautiful setting! Olives trees are huge and excellent maintenance. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and patience. The tour was $85 per person but somehow they only charged me $170.01 for tw...  more »
  • Would not recommend to anyone. Staff members were very snobbish. One of the worst experiences I've ever had. Do not go there ever. Totally uncharacteristic service.  more »
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  • Went to Opus 1 today for the first time. It was terrible. No tastings. $50 to $75 a glass. We had $65 glass of 2011 reserve. Not even a 6 oz pour. It was very good but not worth the money. The place was stuffy.
  • Reservations are required for wine tasting. The winery does not offer a lot as far as tours or views go, since they make a limited selection of high end Cabernet. I tried couple of their pourings the day we visited and they were very good. The winery and tasting area are elegant.
  • Awesome once you are inside, reminds me of a place a king and queen would live. Expensive yet delicious. A bit Napa snooty.
  • Taste their famous opus one 2013, great taste but a bit overprice.
  • The price might be very high compare with Silver oak and RM, but you have to find out yourself why Opus One is Opus One. Please take the tour to see it for yourself.