Wente Vineyards, Kalifornien
Wente Vineyards is an institution of California winegrowing. The family history of the Wentes reflects the American dream, founded in 1883 by the German immigrant C.H. Wente, who started with a small plot in the northern California Livermoore Valley and made the winery an important brand of the Californian viticulture. Even today, the estate is still a family-owned property. Wente brought the Chardonnay from France to the USA in the 1910s, and in 1936 was the first producer to label the Chardonnay as a single-variety wine. In this way, Wente invented the most popular white wine in the United States. By the way, 80% of the Chardonnay vines today grown in California are descendants of these "Wente plants".
In addition to winegrowing, the Wente family today also runs a restaurant, a concert stage and a golf course on the estate. The wines are exported to over 70 countries. In 2011 Wente was selected by the Wine Enthusiast as "American winery of the year".