Kenzo Tsujimoto became interested in wines from Napa Valley after the historic 1976 Judgment of Paris, which catapulted Napa Valley wines onto the world stage. He began searching for property in Napa Valley in the late 1980s and purchased 3,800 acres on the slopes of Mt. George in 1990. The stables, trails and polo field that had been maintained on the property for decades continued to serve the equestrian community until vineyards were planted. David Abreu, who is responsible for the vineyards of so many of Napa’s greatest wines, was asked to join in 2002, and then shortly after, winemaker Heidi Barrett came on board. The first vintage from Kenzo Estate is 2005, nearly all of which was exported to Japan. Since opening, Kenzo Estate has begun to introduce the wine to the United States and welcome guests to the Estate.