Beringer Vineyards is said to be the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley, founded in 1876 by brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer. The brothers dug temperature controlled caves into the hills, to store and age wine. During the prohibition years, the estate was licenced to continue producing wine for religious purposes and was the first estate to open its doors to visitors as soon as prohibition is repealed. It is listed on thre National Register of Historical Places and as a California Historical Landmark.
The Beringer family sold the nearly 100 year old estate to Nestle in 1971 and it has since come into the hands of Treasury Wine Estates. In 2015, Mark Beringer, the great-great-grandson of co-founder Jacob Beringer and highly experienced, returned to his ancestral home to take up the post of Chief Winemaker.
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