In 1979, the legendary French Champagne house of G.H. Mumm began its quest to find the ideal winegrowing area in the U.S. The sensitive project was awarded to Guy Devaux who had more than 40 years experience creating fine still and sparkling wines in France, South America and the U.S.
For four years, Devaux quietly crossed America, surreptitiously buying grapes and small lots of wine he considered prime. His only rule was to find a terroir where he could create wine from the traditional Champagne grapes and use only the highest quality production process, méthode champenoise.
Ultimately, Guy Devaux found his prize in the Napa Valley. The area could provide consistently good fruit in an optimum grape growing climate. The long hot days and cool nights could foster the perfect ripeness and balanced acidity.
The winery he established, Mumm Cuvée Napa, was completed in 1986 embracing all the classic techniques and theories that were invented in Champagne three centuries ago.
While Monsieur Devaux passed away in 1995, the winery remains fully dedicated to his pioneering spirit.
Mumm Napa has no available wines.
8445 Silverado Trail,
Rutherford, CA, 94573
In Summer 2002, Ludovic Dervin was named Winemaker at Mumm Napa. Ludo brings to the position extensive experience in both sparkling and still wine production.
Boasting a thorough understanding of méthode champenoise production, Dervin completed his winemaking studies in his native Champagne, France, His skills were then refined during several harvests with the prestigious Champagne houses Charles Heidseick and G.H. Mumm, as well as California's Piper Sonoma. Prior to joining Mumm Napa, Ludo polished his non-bubbly winemaking skills at the world-renowned Russian River wineries, Hartford Court and Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery.