The word Allora in Italian loosely translates to ‘so what’. It is a word that is often used in Italy as ‘whatever’, and we felt this best described our style as well. We want to share our passion for wine with all who visit. Allora Vineyards was established in 1999. The Proprietors of Allora are Terry & Nancy Klein and they manage the winery with their family. In 1998, the Klein’s came across a 15-acre parcel on the north end of Saint Helena which had been used solely as pasture grounds for over 50 years. The soil was ideal for a vineyard as it was a rich sandy-loam and clay. They purchased it and immediately got to work in preparing for a vineyard. Part of the preparation including consulting some of the most notable wine growers in Napa Valley. They assisted in selecting rootstock, vineyard orientation, sun exposure, clones and varietals.
Terry & Nancy Klein
Terry Klein was born in San Francisco and moved to St. Helena, California when he was just 13 years old. Growing up in the heart of the famous Napa Valley, Terry developed a deep appreciation and interest in fine wines. After living in New York for a few years and marrying his wife, Nancy, the two moved back to California and made their permanent home in St. Helena. They always had a long-term dream to make high quality wines of their own. And they made that dream a reality in 1999. They still own and operate every aspect of the business and have not quenched the passion of wine country.
Kelly & Gale Muters
Kelly Klein-Muters is Terry and Nancy’s firstborn daughter and has a keen eye for design and layout. She began her career in the wine industry by working with a well known design firm in Napa, CA. She currently handles the Marketing for Allora Vineyards, including label designs. Kelly married Gale Muters on June 23rd, 2007. Gale helps to create many barrel creations that are sold at the winery. You will see both around the winery, especially during special events.
Cortney is the second of two daughters born to Terry and Nancy. She started her career in the wine industry at a young age. She learned all aspects of the wine business from some of the most notable wine personalities at some of the most famous wineries in Napa Valley. Cortney also learned a great deal about “old world” wines while living on the East Coast. She currently handles the Allotment and coordinates all tours and tastings. Cortney often hosts blind tastings at her house and keeps her palate sharp.
Chris & Rose Klein
Chris is Terry and Nancy’s only son and started enjoying wine as soon as he could. He has learned all aspects of winery operations from his siblings and parents. He has also learned viticulture and oenology from some of the most famous wine personalities in Napa Valley. Chris developed the Allotment for Allora Vineyards and works closely with the family in daily operations at Allora. He and Rose married on September 07, 2013. Chris currently works at Allora and he and Rose love attending all of the events together and making many friends who share their passion for wine.
The property at Allora Vineyards was purchased in 1998. At the time, the land was fallow and had been used as a pasturage for almost a century. This left the ground rich with mineral deposits and fertile soils. The Napa River also runs directly behind Allora Vineyards and delivers a “taste of the hills” when the rains come.Continue Reading
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