Monticello Vineyards, owned by the Corley family in Napa Valley, is proud to be a family owned and managed winery. Founder Jay Corley came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard. Forty plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris and Stephen manage the winery. Kevin is the Winegrower and President, Chris is the Winemaker, and Stephen, Director of Wine Sales. Monticello Vineyards is a small winery producing limited quantity artisan wines.
The Corley’s overarching philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards. This is why they have made such a tremendous commitment to ownership of the most suitable land for their grapes.
With family roots in Virginia and an intense historical fascination for Thomas Jefferson, Jay Corley constructed a building on the vineyard site that is an exact replica of Jefferson's Monticello estate. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful grounds, taste the wines and tour a unique homage to a past president.
In January 2016, the Corley family, and indeed the entire wine industry, lost a trailblazer. Jay Corley was a pillar in the Napa Valley community, but his legacy lives on in the family and the beautiful Monticello Vineyards.