The True Story of How One Man Achieved His American Dream

An inductee to the Vintners Hall of Fame, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is a legend in the world of wine. Over the past 50 years, Mike’s wines, crafted in the classic Old World tradition, have won a stream of international prizes, establishing Grgich Hills Estate as one of the premier wineries in the world. One of Mike’s most celebrated achievements came in 1976 when a Chardonnay he crafted for Chateau Montelena beat the very best wines of France in a now-famous blind tasting in Paris.

In honor of his lifelong achievements, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History featured Mike Grgich in its first major exhibition on food history. Mike’s accomplishments are also the subject of the documentary “Like The Old Vine” that premiered at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival and won the Grand Jury’s Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival in France. In 2013, the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Mike was included in Smithsonian’s “101 Objects That Made America.

Turning 93 years old on April 1, 2016, Mike continues to guide Grgich Hills Estate and to plan for its future, focusing on continually improving the quality of the vineyards and wines, always according to his unique artistic and intuitive touch.