Located in the bucolic surrounds of Napa Valley, the Charles Krug Winery is Napa’s oldest operating winery. Following a recent renovation, the winery’s centuries-old production facility has been restored into a hospitality centre with a tasting room and a café. The Redwood Cellar combines the Krug estate’s rich heritage with contemporary flair. High open-beam ceilings draw the eye upwards, flanked by reclaimed redwood walls made of clear heart planks from the family’s original wine tanks. The decor is elegant and rustic, bold in ambition, yet grounded in the building’s heritage. A soaring wall of 1861 label wine seals the impression.
Established in 1861, Charles Krug was the region’s first local winery and was instrumental to Napa Valley’s development as a world-renowned wine-producing region. That is to say, it put Napa on the map. After Krug’s death, the winery was turned over to Cesare Mondavi and his wife Rosa, in 1943. Together with their sons, Peter and Robert, the Mondavis built their wine-making empire from the ground up. Peter eventually took succession of the winery and transformed it into a Napa Valley icon with its flagship Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Mondavi family’s stewardship has paid off in the form of rich wines that are distinguishable by their taste and excellence, proving that California is just as natural a habitat for fine wine as France. The family winery is known for producing premium Bordeaux wines and makes Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Zinfandel Port. Wine tastings are available year-round and a tour of the facilities is something we insist you try once.