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California’s Wente Vineyards Celebrates 135 Years of Wine Grapegrowing

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Excerpt from Napa Valley Register:

Mira Advani Honeycutt - Jan 17, 2019

The Napa Valley got a firm footing on the international wine map when Chateâu Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay made history as the top winning wine at the Judgment of Paris in 1976. But the ancestry of that Chardonnay traces back to another California wine grapegrowing region and to a family that has run its winery longer than any other in the United States.

For the majority of that award-winning Chardonnay fruit came from the Wente clone propagated in the Livermore Valley. The Wente family roots date to 1883 when German immigrant Carl H. Wente arrived in Livermore, purchased 48 acres of vineyards and established the eponymous winery. In 1908, his son, Ernest Wente, obtained Chardonnay cuttings from the Theodore Gier Vineyard in Pleasanton, California a short distance away, and planted them at the Wente Estate. By 1912, different cuttings were added that came from the F. Richter Nursery in Montpellier, France.

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