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Opus One is the product of two families who shared a passion for wine and a desire to explore new possibilities. Today, our world expands far beyond the present of each vintage. Just as we look back on experience, we are always looking forward for inspiration.

An Opus One vineyard worker in the field tending to the vines

The Opus One Vineyard Crew practices social distancing while tending to the vines.

"Wherever wine grapes are grown, it is beautiful."

Margrit Mondavi
A macro shot of a vine during bud break.
A large wind machine, in the middle of the vineyard, ready to turn on any minute for frost control
Frost Protection

Our team remains vigilant and at the ready to act should conditions for frost occur. Awakened in the very early morning hours by an automatic alert system, the team will respond by activating high intensity fans to stir the air and prevent frost damage to the newly emerged and fragile shoots.

A blue Bobard Tractor cultivating between the vineyards

The 2020 Growing Season

The 2020 growing season in Napa Valley continues to be dry, with low humidity levels and warm days. Fortunately, the moderate temperatures have allowed our vineyard crews to work every day without any delays. Cultivation of the vineyard was in full swing the first week of February and our teams trained diligently with a new frost protection alarm system. As we approached March, we were met with a warm beginning, followed by a cooler trend, as new life arose from our dormant vines. This stage in the life of the vine is referred to as bud break. As the vines emerge from their winter sleep, the Valley will glow in the light of the new leaves.

The front of the Opus One building, clouds, olive trees and driveway after a recent rain

“Making a great wine is easy; it’s just the first 100 years that are difficult.”

Baron Phillipe De Rothschild
Rain drops falling off of vineyard wires in the winter

Spring in the Napa Valley

While many guests prefer to visit the Napa Valley during the frenzy of harvest so that they can see grapes coming into the winery, the spring months offer a totally different display of beauty in the Napa Valley. Hillsides turn green again, and many plants flower during this time. Lupine, mustard, and wild poppies create an array of colors against the verdant landscape.

Jack rabbit standing at attention in the vineyard surrounded by spring flowers.
Vineyards Spring to Life

Once pruning has been finished during the winter, there is a patient wait for the vines to reawaken. Usually by mid-March the buds on the canes will begin to swell and the slightest cottony hairs will begin to push through. As the buds continue to grow, eventually the new cane will emerge and carry with it - the promise of the 2020 vintage. Opus One works in harmony with nature in its vineyards. In the photo, a California Black-Tailed Jack Rabbit takes notice of the photographer.

A red dragonfly landing on a plant with a blue sky in the background

Opus One is committed to a healthy ecosystem. For more information about our sustainability programs, visit our Estate page.

A vineyard post with yellow and orange flowers in the background

Flowers blooming in our estate vineyard. This row is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Wine should express itself. It should tell you where it came from.”

Michael Silacci
A bottle of Opus One, next to a wine glass and rack of lamb on a dinner table
Staircase
At Home Around the World

Situated next to a shady park in the heart of Bordeaux, our Opus One International office is located in a 19th century townhouse. From this location and with the help of our team members in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, we cultivate and nurture relationships that span the globe. Today, Opus One is currently sold in over 90 countries.

Bottle of Opus One 2007 next to a red wine glass, with clouds and sunshine in the background

A Global Community

Above from Instagram User, prettysweetmess, "Calm before *and after the storm. '07 @opusonewinery No matter how traveled these bottles are, they shine right through! In such a beautifully restrained, energetic place (Pun Intended)."

The front of the Opus One winery at night, with a glow in the background
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