J. Leland Stewart founded Chateau Souverain in 1943 and envisioned a future for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. As a member of the Leland Family, a prominent family in the Bay area known for founding Stanford University among many other accolades, Lee had a strong devotion to Northern California and its potential to become one of the grand wine regions of the world. As the years progressed, many young winemakers and businessmen came to Chateau Souverain to learn about what makes Napa such a great match for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Principles of Grgich, the Mondavi family, Schramsberg, and even Brother Timothy of the Christian Brothers and Andre Tchelistcheff of Beaulieu all worked with J Leland Stewart throughout the years. Today you can count on them for thoughtfully prepared bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
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