Inglenook. The name itself is synonymous with a rich history and top of the line wine. Over the past 145 years it has earned quite a reputation and has a fascinating story to tell all who visit the Inglenook Estate. Here are 10 interesting facts to whet your appetite for this iconic Napa Valley landmark… and its world class wines!
- “Inglenook” is a Scottish expression that means “cozy corner.” The winery was bought and named by William C. Watson in 1871. During that same year the first grape vines were planted on the property.
- 1882 was Inglenook’s first harvest and they produced 80,000 gallons of wine. In 1884 they increased their production to 125,000 gallons.
- In 1891, President Grover Cleveland enjoyed Inglenook wine at The White House.
- Inglenook Claret was served to travelers on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1901. A bottle cost about sixty cents, that’s around $17 in today’s money.
- In 1919 Inglenook stopped wine production when the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was passed. However, they did sell fresh grapes to home markets during this hiatus. When Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933, Inglenook wasted no time and threw a celebration on December 6 for 300 people.
- The 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon has been called, “one of the best cabernet sauvignons ever made.”
- With profits from the iconic Godfather movies, Francis and Eleanor Coppola bought the Inglenook Estate in 1975.
- As a tribute to his Grandfather, Francesco Pennino, Coppola named the Edizione Pennino Zinfandel in 1988. Pennino was a Neapolitan composer and his song titles can be found on the corks of the wine bottles.
- In 1989 it was found, thanks to genetic testing, that the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that is used to create Rubicon (Inglenook’s flagship wine) was a match to the original vines brought back from France in the 1880’s.
- The new visitor center that was recently opened to the public was originally built back in 1879. Back then it was used as a water storage tank house and was capable of storing up to 20,000 gallons of water from nearby mountain streams that were then used for winery operations.
You can find these facts, and many more, at Inglenook.com
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