It Begins in the Vineyard

From the very beginning, we knew we had a unique piece of land for winegrowing.

The Three Soils


Here are some of the people that make up Chateau Montelena.

James L. Barrett 

November 8, 1926 – March 14, 2013

Jim Barrett came to the Napa Valley in 1972 with one thing in mind, to start a world-class winery. He didn't mind telling visitors, “I wanted to do something to make people happy.

Bo Barrett, CEO 

Bo’s career in the wine industry began in the summer of 1972, right after he graduated from high school, when his family purchased Chateau Montelena. He spent the first summer pulling star thistle in the old vineyard and picking up rocks in preparation for replanting.

Matt Crafton, Winemaker 

A native Virginian, Matt doesn’t miss the humidity or Capitol Hill. Proper barbecue, the Appalachian Trail, and good whiskey are another story.

Dave Vella, Vineyard Manager 

Dave Vella has been the Vineyard Manager at Chateau Montelena since 1985. Dave’s ancestors came to California in the late 1800’s as grape growers and winemakers, settling in the Central Valley and in Napa Valley. Dave grew up near Modesto farming grapes, almonds and row crops.