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Corley Family Napa Valley

Jay Corley1969 Jay Corley first comes to Napa Valley in search of land to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

1970 MONTICELLO VINEYARDS founded with purchase of 80 acres of land to plant to grapes in Oak Knoll District

1971 MAIN ESTATE first planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 

1970's Professional farmers selling to the likes of Bouchaine, Christian Brothers, Far Niente, Grgich Hills, Lewis, Mumm, Schramsberg, Swanson, Sequoia Grove, Twomey, Vichon

1980 Our first crush - MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

1982 Completion of winery building


1982 Established STATE LANE VINEYARD in Yountville

1982 1st vintages for CORLEY RESERVE Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and CHATEAU M

1983 1st vintage MONTREAUX Brut Sparkling Wine

1984 Completion of Jefferson House

1984 Established KNOLLWOOD VINEYARD in Oak Knoll District

1984 1st vintage of MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Pinot Noir

1987 Established TIETJEN VINEYARD in Rutherford

1987 Kevin Corley joins management team full time

1989 1st vintage TIETJEN VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon

1989 Chris Corley joins winemaking team full time

1990's Replanting of all vineyards begin due to phyloxerra

1991 Kevin Corley appointed Winegrower

1993 1st vintage CORLEY RESERVE Pinot Noir

1996 Jay Corley retires

1997 Stephen Corley joins management team full time as Director of Wine Sales

1999 1st vintage CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine

2001 Chris Corley appointed Winemaker

2003 1st Vintage MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Cabernet Franc

2004 1st Vintage MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Syrah

2004 1st Vintage STATE LANE VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 1st Vintage YEWELL VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Kevin, Chris and Stephen pay TRIBUTE to Jay Corley, our Father, for his vision, dedication, perseverance and gentlemanly nature on the ‘eve’ of Monticello Vineyards 40th harvest


TODAY The winery continues to grow and produce award-winning wines.

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