Fifth generation Napa natives, John and Maggy began the Kongsgaard wine endeavor planting the Judge vineyard to Chardonnay in the 1970s on family land in the hills east of Napa. 1996 was the inaugural vintage. Our son Alex and Evan Frazier, both winemakers, joined the partnership a decade later. Our production, limited to what Alex, Evan and John can make with their own hands, is primarily our two Chardonnays–The Judge and the Napa Valley bottling. We also make small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, and minuscule amounts of Viognier, Sauvignon blanc, and Albariño in our cave on the eastern rim of Napa Valley. Our intensely farmed, shy-bearing vineyards and our archaic, low-intervention winemaking produce powerful, graceful wines–vivid expressions of vineyard and variety.
“Kongsgaard consistently makes the best Chardonnay in California today.”