Owners Adolph Brun and Jean Chaix built and operated
the winery they called Nouveau Medoc Winery. (Southern-most section
of today’s winery)
The Bartolucci Brothers built the Madonna Winery
where they produced wine and brandy before and after prohibition.
(Northern section of today's winery)
Brun & Chaix sell the winery to the California Wine Association.
Covick Company purchased the winery from the California
Wine Association and produced "sacramental wines" at the
winery during the "dry years" in small lots using small
Louis Stralla, one of the founding members of the
Napa Valley Vintners Association, purchased the building for $14,500
in a foreclosure and promptly named it The Napa Wine Company. Producing
wines under the Betsy Ross label, Stralla changed the winemaking
focus to a much larger scaled volume. He would sell in 1947 what
had grown into the largest independent winery in the Valley.
Louis Stralla sold to John Cella of Cella Vineyards
/ Roma Wine Company.
Already members of the Allied Grape Growers, Cella
eventually sold completely out to United Vintners.
Bartolucci Brothers close business and the lease
goes to Alfred Von Loben Sels who produces Oakville Vineyards.
The Von Loben Sels sale to United Vintners unites
the two properties.
United Vintners sold to Heublein, new owners of the
Inglenook brand. The facility undergoes a refurbishing and expands
to the second building becoming the Chardonnay Production cellar
for their Inglenook Wines and one of the first temperature cellars
controlled for barrel fermentation.
The entire building is purchased by the Pelissa family
who invest over a million dollars to convert the large-volume production
facility into the smaller-production focus and specialization it's
known for today.
Three of the top ten WINE SPECTATOR Best Wines of
the year are produced at Napa Wine Company.
The first Sales & Tasting Room on the property is opened to the
public. The room is host to 24 Alternating Proprietors making wine
at Napa Wine Company.
The company constructs an underground press pit.
Napa Wine Company is the first facility in the Napa
Valley to install a screw cap bottling line. This equipment allows
the Company to assist many wineries with this alternative closure.
Napa Wine Company installs an Ultra Premium Sorting
System coupled with the Le Trieur™ designed by P&L Specialties.
Two new presses are purchased to execute more state-of-the-art
"Napa Wine Company
offers limited production wineries such as Blackbird
Vineyards the opportunity to produce premium wines at the highest
and operational level. Since Blackbird's first vintage in 2003, our winemaker
Sarah Gott has been able to utilize the array of resources available, such as "Le
Trieur" premium sorting system, to craft exceptional Napa Valley wines."
Michael Polenske, Proprietor