Old World Names Carve Out New World Opportunities
When Europeans first set out for the New World, grapevines weren’t far behind. Driven by religion and radition, vines found their way to the Americas with the Spanish, British and French; to South Africa with the Dutch; and to Australia and New Zealand with the British.
The next big wave of European vinous expansion didn’t occur until the late 20th century. The Champagne houses brought us Domaine Carneros (Taittinger), Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa and Roederer Estate.
Another early arrival was Baron Philippe de Rothschild, whose joint venture with Robert Mondavi at Opus One began in 1979. Dominus Estate, originally a…