Beaulieu Vineyards is one of the most famous Napa Valley wineries and was founded by Georges de Latour in 1900. From his native France, he brought experience in grape growing and then-modern winemaking techniques. Because of this, he selected varietals that excelled in the valley’s distinctive climate. From the start, the winery made some of the best Cabernets in the country.
In 1938 André Tchelistcheff began working with the winery and succeeded in making strong innovations not only for Beaulieu but other California wineries. One of the many improvements Tchelistcheff was able to bring to the fledgling wine industry was improved sanitation techniques during the winemaking process. In addition, it was André’s willingness to share his expertise with others that made a tremendous difference. Many of today’s best winemakers apprenticed under André, such as Joe Heitz, Mike Grgich, Rob Davis (of Jordan) and Joel Aiken (of BV).