Vineyard management companies – Napa beginnings

Napa Valley vineyard worker

Samantha Cole-Johnson charts the fascinating history of one of Napa Valley's distinguishing features. 

Samantha writes This article comprises my view of the way historical events affected the formation of vineyard management companies in the US. My perspective is informed by interviews with industry icons in the Napa Valley, the location of the oldest vineyard management company on record. While the interviewees were instrumental in the creation of this article, they do not all share my view of the factors that contributed to the rise of vineyard management companies.

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