Carl H. Wente, a German immigrant, purchases 48 acres of vineyard land in the Livermore Valley and builds a winery.
Wente produces and releases the nation’s first varietally labeled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Second generation winegrower Herman Wente helps found California’s Wine Institute.
Karl L. Wente
Third generation winegrower Karl L. Wente joins the winery, expanding national and developing international distribution. He becomes a tireless spokesman for the California wine industry, and assists many fledgling growers and vintners.
Fourth generation winegrowers Eric, Philip and Carolyn Wente head operations of the winery, continuing vineyard expansion in the Livermore Valley and Monterey appellations (now farming approximately 3,000 acres).
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards opens, becoming California’s third winery restaurant. The Concerts at Wente Vineyards annual series is launched; attracting top entertainers and thousands of guests annually.
The Wente family forms international joint ventures and expands exports. Today, Wente Vineyards is exported to more than 70 countries.
The Course at Wente Vineyards, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman is opened, further enhancing the Livermore Valley wine country lifestyle.
The Nth Degree
The Wente family introduces The Nth Degree, a line of ultra-premium wines hand-crafted by Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl D. Wente.
Wente Family Estates receives certification for its sustainability with respect to vineyard, winery and company practices with the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation.
Wente Family Estates is awarded American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
The Wente Family celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Wente clone of Chardonnay, brought to California from Montpellier, France. Today, the majority of all Chardonnay plated in California is derived from the Wente clone.
Wente Vineyards celebrates 130 years as the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery.