Col Solare is the partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Marchese Piero Antinori, known for his lifelong curiosity about how grapes are grown around the world, journeyed to Washington’s Columbia Valley in 1992 at the urging of Andre Tchelistcheff, also a wine industry legend and then a consultant to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
During that trip, Antinori discovered an emerging wine region supported by the zealous leadership of Chateau Ste. Michelle, the Northwest’s oldest and most acclaimed winery.
From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare’s mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the very best Washington fruit.
With opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, that vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA and the specific fruit of the Col Solare estate vineyard.