“John Kongsgaard is in search of the Holy Grail

and these are the most interesting, naturally made

 wines one will find on Planet Earth.”

-THE WINE ADVOCATE, ROBERT PARKER

“Kongsgaard consistently makes

the best Chardonnay in California today.”

-THE NEW YORK TIMES, ERIC ASIMOV

Fifth-generation Napa natives, Maggy and I began our endeavor in the 1970s planting The Judge vineyard on the Kongsgaard family land near Napa. The inaugural Kongsgaard wines came in 1996. We now produce The Judge, Chardonnay, VioRous, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in our underground winery—a cave dug into the volcanic rock, high on the eastern rim of the Napa Valley where we have planted a spectacular mountain vineyard. We also direct the farming under long-term contracts on several perfect acres in the Napa Carneros and near the winery. These intensely farmed, shy-bearing vineyards and our traditional low-intervention winemaking produce powerful, graceful wines—vivid expressions of vineyard and variety. Production is limited to what we, with our son Alex, can make with our own hands.

-JOHN KONGSGAARD