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Trinchero Napa Valley: Vines Interwined With Family Legacy

Trinchero Napa Valley: Vines Interwined With Family Legacy

CALIFORNIA, FOOD + WINE, UNITED STATES

Whether you are an experienced wine connoisseur or just love wine, the elixirs bottled in Trinchero Napa Valley can be enjoyed by all. Trinchero Napa Valley boasts both expertly-crafted, flavorful wines and a spirited family legacy. The Trinchero Vineyards include 200 vast acres of vineyards stretching across Napa Valley, California. Overseen by winemaker Mario Monticelli, the attention to detail and careful deliberation in choosing the right soil, grapes, and barrels are apparent in every sip.

Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Central Park West Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Central Park West Vineyard

The history behind the Trinchero legacy began In 1948, when a young Mario Trinchero made the daunting journey from bustling New York City to Napa Valley to support his family; there, they renovated an abandoned winery. The Trinchero name got its claim to fame through their original White Zinfandel under the Sutter Home label in the early 70’s. Overtime, the Trinchero vineyards acquiesced more land and wine-experts, such as the purchase of the Folie à Deux Winery and the entrance of renown winemaker, Mario Monticelli. Today, the story continues: Trinchero Napa Valley proudly introduced their Heritage Collection this year, including  Mary’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancMario’s Cabernet SauvignonForte Red Wine and BRV Cabernet Sauvignon.

Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Mario Monticelli Barrel Room
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Mario Monticelli Barrel Room
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Heritage Collection
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Heritage Collection

All six vineyards are meticulously cared for, rain or shine. In order to harvest robust, flavorful grapes, the land is farmed by hand. The location and soil quality of each vineyard determines the type of wine that will be produced by that plot of land.

Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Vista Montone Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Vista Montone Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley Vineyard

Mary’s Vineyard, named after the founder’s wife, is located in the sunny appellation of Calistoga in Napa Valley. The strains grown there are the Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué, and the Semillion varieties. Mario’s Vineyard can be found in Napa Valley’s St. Helena, where a river once ran, making it ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. The Central Park West Vineyard (you guessed it, a reference to the Big Apple) shares the loamy soil of St. Helena to produce Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties. It is tied with the Haystack Vineyard for largest acreage. Conversely, Vera’s Vineyard, named after Mary and Mario’s daughter, is the smallest of the vineyards. Also found in Napa Valley, Vera’s Vineyard benefits from a white, chalky soil. It is the sole vineyard that produces Chardonnay varietals along with Merlot.

Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Haystack Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Haystack Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Haystack Vineyard
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Haystack Vineyard

1,500 feet above the valley floor, Cloud’s Next Vineyard is serenely nestled on steep Mt. Veeder. In comparison to its sunny valley counterparts, the harsher conditions of Cloud’s Nest Vineyard yields a diversity of flavors that result in Malbec, Petit Verdot, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.  Similarly, on rocky Atlas Peak, Haystack Vineyard vines haves survived their tumultuous terrain to produce red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petite Sirah.

Trinchero Napa Valley holds daily tastings that are offered from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and seminars are available by appointment. The Art of Oak invites guests to undertake the history of winemaking through barrel tastings of a single wine from four to five different French oak barrels. This includes a tour and some snacks to go with the wine. A Taste of Terroir offers guests to try four single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. During this seminar, you learn about how the climate, soil, elevation, and sun exposure changes your wine experience along with a cheese plate and tour of the winery. There is also a Heritage Tasting, Single Vineyard tasting, and Featured Flight of the Month, featuring four wines that rotate monthly.

 Trinchero Napa Valley New Tasting Room Facade photo by David Matheson Photography
Trinchero Napa Valley New Tasting Room Facade photo by David Matheson Photography
Trinchero Napa Valley New Tasting Room photo by David Matheson Photography
Trinchero Napa Valley New Tasting Room photo by David Matheson Photography

A little bit about the wines themselves: there are multiple collections, all celebrating different facets of the Trinchero wines. The Heritage Collection commemorates the family tree. It contains Mary’s Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (a mix of stone fruit and tropical flavors), Mario’s Cabernet Sauvignon (light with candied black currant and notes of blueberry), Forte Red Wine (a sweet Bordeaux with dark black fruit flavors), and the BRV Cabernet Sauvignon (dark berries and violet with tones of licorice). In the Single Vineyard Collection, each bottle of wine epitomizes the flavor produced by each individual vineyard; emphasizing the unique personality developed by the location and soils of the different vineyards. The Wine Club Exclusives is a special collection only available to Legacy Club members that is comprised of Bordeaux varietals with less than 12 barrels of each offering in the collection. This includes the Cloud’s Next Vineyard Malbec, Central park West Vineyard Cabernet France, Central Park West Vineyard Petit Verdot, and the Haystack Vineyard Petite Sirah. Lastly, the pride and joy of Mario Trinchero is the Signature Blend Napa Valley. A Cabernet Sauvignon blend, it is extremely limited and comprised of about 8 hand-selected barrels

Trinchero Napa Vally Wines
Trinchero Napa Vally Wines

Characteristics of the Winery:

  • Cold grape storage
  • Sorting equiptment
  • Small fermentation tanks for isolation
  • Grapes are hand-picked and sorted into the cellar
  • Wine is aged in oak barrels from coopers in France
  • Mario Monticelli personally oversees all operations
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley - Private Dining Area
Photo by Trinchero Napa Valley – Private Dining Area
Trinchero Napa Valley Tasting Room Bar photo by David Matheson
Trinchero Napa Valley Tasting Room Bar photo by David Matheson

For those truly invested in their palettes, the Legacy Club is an all-access pass to limited-release wines and private events at their estate winery and tasting room in Napa Valley. You can be the first to try new releases: the wine is delivered right to your doorstep three times per year, and you have priority access to purchase additional bottles of the exclusively rare small-lot wines. Other options include the 12 Bottle Club, the Cabernet Collectors Club, and the 4 Bottle Club. Trinchero wines can also be purchased on-line.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

24 Comments

  1. anna
    December 4, 2016 at 1:32 am
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    I’ve been to a couple of wineries in Napa, but this one looks top notch! The legacy club sounds incredible. Wine delivered to my doorstep? wow!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

      One of my favorite wines is Sutton Home – White Zin and they are the family that make it. If you ever get to go back to Napa, definitely pay them a visit.

  2. Gokul Raj
    December 4, 2016 at 3:04 am
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    Love the place. What a wonderful landscape it has got.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

      The rolling hills of grape vineyards is spectacular to view, and the wine is great too.

  3. Amelie Gagne
    December 4, 2016 at 4:27 am
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    This looks classy! I tend to judge a book by it’s cover (haha) and I can tell by the label design that this wine must be absolutely lovely.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 8:59 am

      The wine is very tasty and the tasting room is one of the best I have seen in Napa.

  4. Ryazan
    December 4, 2016 at 5:25 am
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    Ohhh wine!! Looks like these people know what is a good wine. Great wine selection indeed.

    P.S. A glass of wine a day, keeps the doctors away! 😉 LOL

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

      I’m a big fan of a glass of wine everyday. The family has been around for decades and some of their wines are very well known to the public.

  5. Christina
    December 4, 2016 at 8:11 am
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    Napa Valley is one of the world’s great wine regions. I spend a day touring the wineries there several years ago and have been hankering to go back for more. The Trinchero tasting room looks very sleek.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

      One can easily spend the day touring all the wineries in Napa. Trinchero is one of my favorite ones.

  6. Skye
    December 4, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    Reply

    Oh Napa is still on our list but this is a great guide for when we go. The region of course is pretty iconic when it comes to wines but so great to know a little more about the history and the wines themselves. The private dining room and tasting room at Trichero both look amazing.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      I agree some of these wineries in the region have a lot history. Trinchero has a nice selection of wines, and a very nice way to try them out is their tasting room.

  7. Anita Hendrieka
    December 5, 2016 at 6:55 am
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    I have heard so many good things about Napa Valley! I am from a wine region in NZ so I think this would be the place for me to visit! Great article 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      You need a few days to travel through Napa Valley and stop in a few wineries. Some are much better than others, but it all depends on your taste for wine.

  8. Meg Jerrard
    December 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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    Trinchero Napa Valley sounds like a wonderful experience – we passed through Napa on a US roadtrip last year but unfortunately didn’t have the time to stop, going to plan for an actual trip there where we can spend dedicated time; the vineyards are so beautiful – pretty huge property to have six!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      I try to stop in Napa when we go to San Francisco. It’s a short trip and well worth the visit.

  9. Kerri
    December 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm
    Reply

    I love wineries and vineyards but love them even more if there are family histories involved. This sounds like a really great story, and just adds to the ambiance of being there.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

      I really enjoy visiting vineyards that have been passed down from generation to generation. They really care about the product.

  10. Kavey at Kavey Eats
    January 22, 2017 at 2:49 am
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    I don’t think we did enough research before our trip to Napa in the late 90s, certainly we didn’t visit any gems like Trinchero. Their estate looks so beautiful and of course the wines sound delicious
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Well now you have a reason to return to Napa when you do. The Trinchero winery is a must next time you visit.

  11. Penny Sadler
    January 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Reply

    Great coverage of an interesting vineyard and family.

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Penny! The family has been producing wine since 1948, and the wine gets better every year.

  12. The Family Voyage
    April 11, 2017 at 10:35 am
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    Even apart from the wines, the scenery in Napa is just spectacular. I always love going up, especially in spring!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Yes, it’s absolutely beautiful in the spring 🙂

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