Our winery was founded in 1861 by a then 36-year-old Charles Krug. At the age of 27, the Prussian immigrant came to America with little more than a pioneering spirit and a willingness to work hard. Just nine years after coming to America, he built what would become the cornerstone of Napa Valley. He became a major local winery figure of his era, greatly influencing Napa Valley's development as a world-renowned wine-producing region.
His leadership was said to be inspirational and his ideas innovative. Charles Krug introduced the cider press for winemaking, the first of which is still on display at our winery. He carefully selected rootstocks, varietals, vine spacing and vineyard sites — a novel concept in late 19th century America.