Madonna Estate

Chronology


1910s


1913

Winery founder Andrea (Andy) Bartolucci travels from Italy to America.


1918

Louis, Andrea’s son, travels from Italy to America and meets his father for the first time.


1920s


1922

Andy purchases a 24-acre vineyard and the Madonna Winery. He sells his grapes to home winemakers.


1930s


1936

Modernization of the winery


1940s


1946

Louis takes control of the winery and develops the Mont St. John label.


1947

Mont St. John Cellars listed as 12th largest California winery.


1950s


1955-65

Louis purchases additional land in Rutherford and Yountville and establishes some of the first varietal vineyards in the Napa Valley.


1960s


1967

Louis’ son Andrea “Buck” Bartolucci joins his father as assistant winemaker.



1970s


1970

Original family vineyards and Madonna Winery sold. Andrea Bartolucci purchases 160 acres of bare land in the Carneros District. Pinot Noir grapes planted.


1974

First harvest of Pinot Noir from the Madonna Estate Vineyards in Carneros.


1976

New Varietals planted - Chardonnay, Johannesberg Riesling, and Gewürztraminer.


1977

Construction of the new Mont St. John / Madonna Estate in Carneros.


1979

The first vintage of Pinot Noir wines released.


1980s


1981

Mont St. John (Madonna Estate) tasting room opens.


1983

Winery facility doubles in size.


1985

Mont St. John expands sales to include all of California. The undeveloped hillside is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


1986

Andrea assumes management of Mont St. John Cellars.


1987

Mont St. John Cellars forms marketing company (Premium Brands) with Ron Arata and expands nationally.



1990s


1990

Winery is expanded to its current 15,500 square feet.


1991

First “Madonna Vineyards” designated wines are released.

“Madonna Vineyards” certified organic grape growers by CCOF.


1994

Seven-acres of experimental Pinot Noir clones planted, rootstock planted. International sales to Japan.


1997

Brette Bartolucci joins the winery as Vice President of Public Relations. Four-acres of Pinot Grigio planted.


1999

Renovation of Mont St. John (Madonna Estate) facility. International sales to Germany.


2000s


2000

New label design for Mont St. John, incorporates Madonna Estate name.


2001

Madonna Estate name recognized and used.


2002

Madonna Estate celebrates their 80-year anniversary.


2005

Taylor Bartolucci joins her father and Brette as Director of Public Relations.


2007

Andrea Bartolucci celebrates his 80th Harvest.