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Capturing Time and Place

Opus One is the product of two families who shared a passion for wine and a desire to explore new possibilities. Today, our world expands far beyond the present of each vintage. Just as we look back on experience, we are always looking forward for inspiration.

A macroshot of a periwinkle colored flower
A green tendril

The 2021 Vintage

The 2021 vintage is maturing beautifully as we progress into the summer months. The life cycle of the vine is fascinating, as each stage marks a crucial component in the grape's growth.

Fruit set in the vineyards for the 2021 vintage
The beginning of budbreak
Budbreak Evolution


Budbreak 2021

The first signs of budbreak were observed in a parcel of Cabernet Franc vines on March 15th, marking the beginning of the 2021 growing season. The cycle of life continues and its persistent beauty uplifts our spirits during these unprecedented times.

Giovanni is teaching Hillary to prune the vineyards

One hundred and ten non-production employees have cared for grapevines and made wine at Opus One since 2004. Two winery winemaking teams are led by vineyard and cellar workers each year. Giovanni is showing Hillary the nuances of pruning. Each winery winemaking team has two rows of vines in our To Kalon South Estate Vineyard. The two teams make four barrels of wine each, and it is usually selected for the Opus One blend.

Christopher pruning the vineyards

Christopher, Opus One VP of Communications, is a quick learner and has superb posture.


“Making a great wine is easy; it’s just the first 100 years that are difficult.”

Baron Phillipe De Rothschild