Opus One Winery, Oakville

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Opus One Winery is a winery in Oakville, California, United States. 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 Château 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 and to date still ranks among the most expensive red wines produced in the Napa Valley, commanding prices of $305 per bottle on average. 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.Since 1993, they have produced a second wine, Overture.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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  • Our only disappointment about starting our day at Opus Winery was nothing else compared! Beautiful facility, attentive & informative staff, and the most delicious wine! Can’t wait to go back.  more »
  • We tasted and toured the iconic Opus One winery on 10 January. It is state of the art facility which makes world class Bordeaux. And then, of course, there's the wine. A great Bordeaux can be cellared...  more »
  • From the reception, with the delicacy of the concierge to greet us until the availability of the guide explaining every detail of the production of wine icon, everything is perfect. The building is beautiful and the wines-the Opus One and the second wine, Overture-are amazing. Take the full tour, as we did.
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  • Beautiful winery. When we went it was cold outside but they have a nice terrace where you can take your glass and take in the view while you enjoy their wine. Tasting is expensive but the 2014 ($65 for a glass) was exceptionally good.
  • Excellent winery, amazing vineyard, superb wine but the people!!.. they're just can't get any better... take the tour, drink the wine and enjoy every single minute.
  • Very elegant place. They taste by the glass. The non vintage is $25 for a 4 oz glass. Their 2014 was $50 and the 2012 was $65. Arrived without a reservation and they were very nice and I got a tasting with minimal waiting. This place is not for everyone but then again neither is their $300 bottles.
  • Think I had higher expectations. Glass of tasting from $50~ and most of the wine we had tasted too early. Great facilities but not utilized well enough. When in Napa, I have a lot more recommendations that I wouldn't spend too much time here.
  • It was very pleasure time. I visited Opus one for 90 min touring. Staffs were so kind and had very highly etiquettes. They served welcome drinks which was ‘Overture’ and ‘2014 Opus one’. If you want to tour, you should make a reservation on the website. I saw the basement of winery and a tour guide told about history of this wine. I highly recommend this winery when you head to Napa. One thing I was disappointed that in February, the grape trees were so gaunt. There were no leaves, no grapes. I recommend go to Napa in Summer. 😭😭😭
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