Vietnam-born American citizen Kieu Hoang threw a grand opening celebration for his Kieu Hoang Winery Saturday night and invited 300 of his friends and wine club members to the lavish party.
The winery occupies the former Michael Mondavi Family winery in Carneros Valley that was once owned by Francis Mahoney. Hoang bought the winery and 20 adjoining acres of land, 13 planted in grape vines, in June, for a reported $12 million. He also bought the Guilliams Vineyards, a well-regarded family-operated property in the Spring Mountain District above St. Helena.
As Folio Winemaker’s Studio, the facility had been a 100,000-case custom-crush winery that also made 15,000 cases of the Mondavi family’s wines including Isabel Mondavi, Emblem, Animo and ‘M’ by Michael Mondavi.
A grand reopening:
On Nov. 1, the winery held its grand reopening as Kieu Hoang Winery, delayed from Sept. 2 because of the Napa earthquake.
“Now I have a new title – vintner!” Hoang announced, and the moderator spoke in both Chinese and English; many of the audience were Asian, some of whom had traveled from China for the event. Although he is from Vietnam, the big market is in China. Many guests had to be bused from San Francisco as Napa Valley’s rooms were mostly filled.
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