Chateau Woltner, which was built in 1886 by Jean Adolphe Brun and Jean Chaix from Bordeaux, France, lies on Howell Mountain between 1600 and 1800 feet in altitude. The twosome made internationally celebrated wines from the surrounding 190 acres until Prohibition. In 1980, Francis and Francoise DeWavrin-Woltner (also from Bordeaux) purchased the beautiful, century-old winery, having sold their famous Graves property in Bordeaux, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.
Under the name Chateau Woltner, re-planting and renovating began immediately. They devoted themselves exclusively to Chardonnay, and by the mid 1980’s, their distinct Chardonnay had already established itself as being refreshingly different.
Chateau Woltner produces five estate-grown Chardonnays, totaling in excess of 9,000 cases a year. These include three vineyard-designated wines -- St. Thomas Vineyard, Frederique Vineyard, Titus Vinyard, a Reserve bottling, and the comfortably-priced Howell Mountain Chardonnay. All of these wines are unmistakably made in the classic Burgundian style.