It’s been 27 years since Beth Novak Milliken returned home to help her mother run the family’s famed Napa Valley wine estate— Spottswoode. Hard work, persistence and fortitude have paid off for the Novak family.
Limestone is often considered to be the holy grail of vineyard soils. And, like the grail, its presence in soils has been sought out—by viticulturists and winemakers—for a long, long, time. It’s no wonder Australia’s Limestone Coast is paradise for grapevines.
Mount Aconcagua, the imposing mountain that lends its name to Eduardo Chadwick’s playground, is intimately woven into the legacy of his family’s winery, from its geology and influence on the valley’s climate to its spiritual presence high above the vineyards.
It is a club, of sorts. California Cult Classics is a full-fledged winemaking facility, complete with oak barrels from France worth $1,400, and some of the rarest, most expensive wine grapes in the world.
Aurelio Montes has built a wine empire of sorts, to put it mildly. He has been making wine in Chile for over three decades, but is also doing things in Argentina, Italy, and, in his latest foray, Napa Valley.