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Wente Vineyards

Written by Piero Pardini


CH Wente came to America in the late 1800s from Hamburg, Germany. After learning how to make wine from a German named Charles Krug in the Napa Valley, he founded his first 47-acre estate and winery in 1883. He chose Livermore Valley because it was famed for its excellent soils and climate and planted the first Chardonnay vines there.
In 1912, second-generation UC Davis student Ernest Wente convinced his father and founder, C.H. Wente, to import Chardonnay cuttings from a well-known vine nursery, F. Richter Nursery in Montpellier, France. Ernest picked the best vines by hand, grafting the two together. Thus was born the “Clone Wente”. Today, over 75% of all California Chardonnay comes from the Wente clone and the Wente family estate.
Ernest and his son Karl L. Wente pioneered new vineyard plantings in 1964 in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Here they planted Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Throughout the late 1970s and into the present, fourth generation vintners Eric, Philip and Carolyn Wente lead the winery’s operations, continuing to expand the vineyards, winery and related visitor facilities
Today, Wente Vineyards is one of California’s largest exporters of wine to more than 75 countries.

Labels reviewed
Beyer Ranch Zinfandel 2020

Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550 – U.S.A.
Phone: +1 925 456 2450

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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