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Domaine Chandon
1 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599

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Winery History

This year at Chandon California, as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary, we are humbly thrilled to be reminded that so much of what our founders dreamed to achieve has come to fruition. In 1973, ‘M & H Winery,’ that will be renamed to Chandon, became the first French-owned sparkling winery in California.

In true pioneering spirit, our founders set out to combine French winemaking techniques, American entrepreneurship and knowledge with the beautiful sun-ripened fruit of the Golden State to create California Sparkling Wine that showcases the brightness of California terroir and the vibrancy of California grapes.

Chandon has been a champion of bubbles for a long time now, sticking to tradition in terms of winemaking techniques and standards, but also innovating with wines like Sweet Star and Sparkling Red. From welcoming guests at the Visitor Center, to the opening of Michelin-star restaurant étoile formerly at the winery, and through our new Edutainment series, we have been motivated and inspired to show how Chandon pairs with everyday occasions and many different types of cuisine, encouraging people to enjoy a glass (or two!) with their favorite food.

We say cheers to that! We aren’t done yet. With a lot of exciting things to come, we are feeling very bubbly about the future.

Timeline

1973

Establishes M & H Vineyard

Moët & Chandon, under the venerable Moët Hennessy, establishes M & H Vineyards, later named Domaine Chandon, on March 26
1975

First cuveés bottled

1976

Renamed to Domaine Chandon

The first 2000 cass of Napa Valley Brut are released in December just in time for the holidays
1977

Winery opens to the public on April 25

The first Blanc de Noirs from Chandon and the first in the U.S. to have a blush color is released
The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon opens in June
1978

Bastille Day celebration

Domaine Chandon launches its tradition of celebrating Bastille Day, an appropriate salute to the company’s French heritage
1979

One millionth bottle of sparkling wine sold

1983

10th anniversary celebration

Some 7,000,000 bottles of its wines have been opened and enjoyed
1991

First étoile Brut is released

1995

First vintage-dated sparkling wines produced

1995 Vintage Brut
1995 Blanc de Blancs
1997

First étoile Rosé is released

1999

Classic tiers and special wines released

Classic tiers: Rosé and Vintage Mount Veeder Blanc de Blancs, now a brut
Special wines for the millennium: Cuvée 2000 Late Disgorged, and 2000 Brut Cuvée and Blanc de Noirs in “millennium” magnums
2003

30th anniversary celebration

Extra-Dry Riche and Sparkling Red wines are released
2009

The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon renamed to étoile Restaurant

First Reserve Blanc de Blancs released
2009

Vintage Yountville Brut is released

2010

Vintage Carneros is released

2011

First vintage étoile Tête de Cuvée is released

2013

40th anniversary celebration

2015

The restaurant is reinvented into an exclusive visitor space

Visitor Center

The Domaine Chandon experience combines spectacular grounds against extraordinary Napa Valley vistas. Guest may select from a variety of entertaining tours and tastings of sparkling and varietal wines, tailored to suit both the casual visitor and the serious wine aficionado. Guests are invited to taste wine in our Tasting Room or on the Terrace and to purchase wine in our Retail Shop.

Charitable Giving

Domaine Chandon is proud to give back to the community in Napa Valley. Please submit all donation requests to donations@chandon.com. We review all requests on the last day of each month and confirm fulfillments within two weeks following that date. Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are not able to respond to those requests we cannot fulfill. Our donation policy is to focus on select organizations within the Napa Valley where we can support our community.

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