Old World Names Carve Out New World Opportunities

February 11, 2016

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…