“Consider quality a way of life. We do."
A well-known icon in the global wine community, Tony is often referred to as one of the few wine industry individuals who has had a profound and deep impact on how and what American wine consumers drink.
He entered the wine industry in 1956 and from that time forward, he dedicated his time and resources toward making and sharing the great wines of the world. Throughout his entire career, Tony was dedicated to bringing the best of Napa Valley (and beyond) to America’s dining table.
Tony pursued everything in life with unbridled passion. Once he charted a course, he was “all in”, believing that the important accomplishments of life are accompanied by extraordinary effort and tenacity. He taught his children that it takes years to build a great reputation, and they should protect that reputation with great attentiveness. This was particularly true with the purchase of Chimney Rock in 2004. From day one, Tony vowed to provide his customers with wines of great complexity and world-class character, and he dedicated himself and his family to building the reputation of this magical place.
Beloved by many, Tony peacefully passed away in June of 2020. He also passed his life-long lessons on to his children who are now are passing them along to their children. By doing so, they are keeping Tony’s values, bright spirit and commitment to quality alive with ever bottle of wine they craft ensuring Tony’s remarkable legacy will continue on in Chimney Rock for generations to come.
Anthony (Tony) Terlato