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THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR!
Dear Friends,
When churches began closing in March of 2020, we didn't know what the impact would be on Calistoga Orthodox Wines, but we braced ourselves for plummeting sales and a difficult financial year. This was why we decided not to crush a 2020 vintage in October -- a vintage that would have been lost anyway, due to the local fires that burned in August and September. But thanks to your faithful support, we are finishing 2020 with wonderfully strong sales numbers! As a result, the winery has been able to financially support Holy Assumption Monastery and St. Simeon Orthodox Church this year, as it was designed to do. We are very thankful that we have been able to continue providing fine chalice wines, and look forward to another year of growth in 2021.
 
Our Story

In 2009, ten sisters arrived at the newly-rennovated property of Holy Assumption Monastery (OCA) on Washington Street, in Calistoga. Only two weeks before, a priest had been newly-assigned to the tiny St. Simeon Parish (ROCOR) on Cedar Street, two blocks away. In such a small town, it only made sense for the two communities to work together, and the bishops blessed cooperation.

It also made sense to utilize the location of both communities in the Napa Valley to explore the possibility of making canonical Orthodox chalice wine. The parish and monastery thus founded a joint-venture, Calistoga Orthodox Wines, with the goals of providing parishes with a high-quality wine for use in the Divine Liturgy, and thereby also supporting both the monastery and the parish financially. With the help of a local winemaker, we crush 3-7 tons of grapes for each vintage, producing ~300 cases per harvest.

It is a privilege to be making a traditional Malbec (Kagor) chalice wine that connects parishes today with the wine beloved by Peter the Great and Tsar Nicholas II. Our Premium Chalice Wine has received the highest praise from both clergy and wine afficianados, while our California Chalice Wine is appreciated as an extremely affordable yet robust alternative.

Calistoga Orthodox Wines

1421 Cedar St. Calistoga, CA 94515
orders@calistogaorthodoxwine.com
707-942-4658