3rd May 2014
In 1973, Domaine Chandon became the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States.
Moët & Chandon sets its sights on Napa Valley as the next world-class sparkling wine region with a commitment to craft the finest range of American sparkling wines—wines that reflect California’s vibrant regional character and yet remain true to centuries-old méthode traditionnelle.
They identified prime vineyard sites at Mt. Veeder, in Carneros and Yountville, the location Domaine Chandon now calls home.
Chandon’s first sparkling wine was released in 1976. In 1977, the Visitor Center opened along with Domaine Chandon’s restaurant, now called étoile, introducing fine dining to the Napa Valley.
True to its pioneering spirit, Domaine Chandon was the first winery to introduce smaller containers to preserve delicate grapes during harvest and to use Pinot Meunier in its sparkling wines. Domaine Chandon also introduced the popular Blanc de Noirs style to American consumers. It produces world-class sparkling wines from the classic Champagne varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
With roots in France and our hearts in California, we’ve always been inspired to make sparkling wines that reflect California character yet remain true to the practices of méthode traditionnelle. We combine centuries-old sparkling winemaking practices with high-quality classic California fruit, and the result is the perfect glass of sparkling wine.
Chandon remains one of the leading super and ultra-premium sparkling wine producers in the United States.
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