|Thirty years after first planting its vineyards, Girard continues to produce
wine reflecting the quality that has made Napa Valley the most famous
New World wine growing region in the world.
vintner Pat Roney purchased the winery in early 2000. Pat’s career in wine began as a sommelier at Chicago’s renowned Pump
Room. Later he returned to his native California, where he ultimately
became president of Chateau St. Jean, in Sonoma Valley.
At Girard, Pat continues a tradition of making Chardonnay and Cabernet-based
wines. But he is also expanding Girard’s varietal focus to Zinfandel
and Petite Sirah, grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside.
New vineyard plantings are also underway on both Diamond and Howell
mountains, which border the western and eastern edges of the valley.
As it has been in the past, Girard’s goal is to highlight the flavors of Napa
Valley and its rich, ripe grapes. A small portion of the winery’s portfolio also
comes from grapes grown in Sonoma’s upscale Russian River Valley,
where cool weather offers ideal conditions for Chardonnay.
With the right grapes from the right locations, Girard offers a lineup that
features both power and finesse—key words in California wine.