(Posted with permission from Sill Family Vineyards)
Opus One: A Collaboration Winery
This winery was originally a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe Rothschild who teamed up to create this magnificent winery focused on producing a single Bordeaux styled blend based on Napa Valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon. Constellation Brands acquired Robert Mondavi Winery in 2004 and entered into a management agreement with Baron Rothschild (Lafite) to manage Opus One Winery.
Opus One: A Luxury Winery
Opus One Winery delivers a luxurious, though somewhat formal wine experience. The estate is impressive, especially when driving down the center driveway to the winery entrance. Looking out across Opus One’s vineyards from the upstairs terrace, you immediately sense the beauty of Napa Valley. This is a winery to just sit back, relax and absorb a wonderful glass of wine with the company of good friends. It doesn’t get any more luxuriously sophisticated than this, so take plenty of pictures while there.
Opus One: An Award-Winning Winery
The winery tours are by appointment only, so call in advance to secure your reservation, and if possible, note that their very best and most knowledgeable tour Docents are Sandy, Nancy, Vicki, Hank and Japanese-speaking, Kaede. Opus One Winery only produces one style of wine; a Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon blend, so be prepared for tasting one lovely red wine in a bit of a pretentious and pricey setting, although Opus One is worth the visit. They may only produce one, but it’s a great one. It was voted # 1 of 100 Napa Valley wines by James Suckling.