Beringer Vineyards

Summary

Beringer
Beringer logo.jpg
LocationSt. Helena, California, USA
CoordinatesCoordinates: 38°30′37″N 122°28′48″W / 38.510158°N 122.479886°W / 38.510158; -122.479886
AppellationNapa Valley
Founded1876
Parent companyTreasury Wine Estates
TastingOpen to the public
Websitehttp://www.beringer.com/
Official nameBeringer Brothers-Los Hermanos Winery[1]
Reference no.01000878
Official nameBeringer Brothers Winery[2]
Reference no.814

Beringer Vineyards is a large winery in St. Helena, California. Founded in 1876, Beringer Vineyards is "the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley", and is listed under both the National Register of Historic Places[1] and as a California Historical Landmark.[2] In 1934 it was the first California winery to offer public tours and wine tasting following the repeal of Prohibition.[3] In 1939, Beringer invited attendees of the Golden Gate International Exposition to visit the winery; the winery also invited Hollywood stars including Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Carole Lombard to visit.[4]

Rhine House

The Rhine House
The Hudson House

The estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The property includes 12 buildings, sites, or structures, 10 of which are contributing. Rhine House is the most prominent, built from 1883 to 1884 and designed by Albert Schroepfer. The house has elaborate interiors, and was used to entertain visitors of the property. The house was built on the site of the Hudson House (built c. 1848–52), which was moved nearby in order in 1883 to build the larger and grander Rhine House. It has features of the Queen Anne and Chateauesque architectural styles, with attributes from its architect's own German heritage.[5]

Ownership history

The Beringer family sold the Beringer name and winery to Nestlé in 1971, which in 1996 subsequently sold the enterprise to a group led by Texas Pacific Group; the company went public the next year.[6][7] From 2000 to 2011 the winery was owned by Foster's Group.[8] As of 2011, it is owned by Treasury Wine Estates.

References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "California Historical Landmarks: Napa County". Office of Historical Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  3. ^ Carson, Pierce (May 27, 2004). "Beringer celebrates anniversary with special tours, tastings". Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 28, 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Courtney, Kevin (May 26, 2005). "New park named for 'father of wine tourism'". Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 8, 2011. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ California SP Beringer Brothers--Los Hermanos Winery. File Unit: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: California, 1/1/1964 - 12/31/2013.
  6. ^ Texas Group Will Buy Beringer, Premium Vineyards From Nestle
  7. ^ Market Plunge Upsets Firms' IPO Plans
  8. ^ Sinton, Peter (10 January 2011). "Foster's Brewing To Buy Beringer". San Francisco Chronicle.

External links

  • Napa Valley Wine Co. the story and historical documents re. Charles Krug, Jacob Beringer/Beringer Bros., and Cesare/Robert Mondavi (in German)