Grgich Hills Cellar, located in Rutherford, in the middle of beautiful Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 through the efforts of Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Austin E. Hills of the Hills Brothers coffee family. Grgich had first drawn worldwide attention in 1976 as a result of the famous “Paris Tasting” in which an all-French panel of judges chose his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay over the best of the white Burgundies in a blind tasting. Grgich had the skill and expertise to make great wines and Hills, owner of established vineyards, had a background in business and finance. Over the last 40 years, the winery has continued the tradition of making wines that earn countless awards and international recognition.
Always the innovators and industry leaders, Grgich Hills vineyards have been farming biodynamically since 2000. The winery became Certified Organic in 2006. Regenerative farming practices were implemented in 2019. Their philosophy is to use the earth’s natural cycles and organic preparations to grow balanced, healthy vines without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. As a proud Napa Valley leader in Regenerative Organic Agriculture, Grgich Hills is one of a handful of wineries in California to be awarded Regenerative Organic Certification in 2023 – years in the making.