Grigich Hills Estate 40th Anniversary Celebration

Imagine a warm, mid-morning in the Rutherford area of the Napa Valley, surrounded by a picturesque garden with a backdrop of vineyards and rolling hills.  This is exactly how I spent my Saturday attending the 40th Anniversary of the Grgich HIlls Estate Winery.

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley.The scene is all set and I am roaming the grounds when I noticed a distinguished older gentleman, sitting in a chair.  I wondered, if perhaps that was the founder, Mike Grgich.  Just as I suspected, this unassuming gentleman, who was assisted by a lovely woman, and co-proprietor, his daughter, Violet Grgich.

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley.

Local congressman Mike Thompson presented The American Dreamers award to Founder Mike Grgich.  He spoke so eloquently about how he wanted to build a winery and contribute to the Napa Valley.  He actually sang a verse from You are My Sunshine.  It literally brought tears to my eyes when he spoke of immigrating to the U.S. from Croatia.  His words struck a chord in my heart.  My father also immigrated from Europe to make a better life for his family.  This gentleman represented my father to me and all I wanted to do was run up and hug him.

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley.After the presentation, we proceeded to an exceptional wine tasting with small bites that were prepared by SMOKE.  The food at each station was a delicious pairing and I wanted to hoard it all. Ribs, lettuce cups, beef, lamb, and fruit bites.

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley. In all, we tasted eight different wines. The tasting notes ended with a Late Harvest wine — Violetta, aptly named after his lovely daughter.  The aromas, intense, bold and leaving you wanting more prompted me to purchase some to enjoy at home.

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley.After all, Mike Grgich and his partner Austin Hill personally autographed all purchases.

After all, Mike Grgich and his partner Austin Hill personally autographed all purchases.Where else can you go in the Napa valley, leaving the Estate feeling like you are part of the family?

Next time you are in the wine country, be sure to visit Grgich HIlls Estates Winery – you will truly enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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