Allora Vineyards was established in 1997 by Terry and Nancy Klein along with their three children, Kelly, Cortney, and Christopher. The winery is known for small-production luxury wines. A total of 1,200 cases is produced annually, and since the wine is not distributed it can only be purchased directly from the winery. Allora is located on an exceptional 15-acre estate on the valley floor in St. Helena. The genesis of the winery was the desire to create a family-owned and operated business, a genuine passion and appreciation for fine wine, and a deep respect for this unique and outstanding wine-growing region. The name Allora was chosen following an inspirational visit to Tuscany. When listening to Italian, it is quite common to hear the word "allora" in almost every sentence. The word directly translates to "and then", often it is used to convey the thought, "okay" or "alright." After numerous label rejections, the Kleins unanimously declared "allora," and agreed to attempt one last label approval. The rest, as they say, is history.
Terry and Nancy Klein
Terry was born in San Francisco and moved to St. Helena with his family as a child. Growing up in Napa Valley has inspired his passion for wine and vineyard management. Although, he has built a very successful construction business over the past four decades, his love for wine motivated him to establish Allora Vineyards. Nancy was born and raised in New York. She moved to Napa Valley after marrying Terry in 1974. Her invaluable contribution to the winery is reflected in her skill and attention to detail with the accounting and financial responsibilities.
Gale and Kelly Klein Muters
Gale was born in Portland, Oregon and spent most of his childhood around the Willamette Valley, which is best known for its lovely wines. Though his career has been focused on construction, since his move to California in 1988, he has developed a deep appreciation for wine. Kelly was born in Napa, California. She learned about wine packaging, marketing and sales while working for one of the area's premier graphic design firms before her transition to Allora in 1997. Kelly's responsibilities at the winery include wine education, guest hospitality, and business development. Gale and Kelly were married in 2007 and together they enjoy bringing the Allora experience to wine connoisseurs across the country.
Cortney was born in Napa, California and has increasingly grown in her extensive knowledge of wine. She developed her expertise and acute palate over the past 20 years working, here in Napa Valley at various boutique wineries, and for a few years at a specialty wine shop in Greenwich, Connecticut. Cortney's responsibilities at the winery include managing the Allora Allotment program, directing the private label wine program, and hosting tastings.
Chris and Rosie Klein
Chris was born in Napa, California. He has worked hard to diversify his abilities in each of the family businesses. He is involved in the construction company and, currently, is focusing on his personal wine project. Rosie was born in Santa Rosa, California - the heart of Sonoma County. She has contributed her style and enthusiasm to the Allora winery events. Chris and Rosie were married in 2013. They continue to support Allora Vineyards as valuable ambassadors.
Meet Our Winemaker
Mike McPherson was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent most of his career in finance. Beginning with his first visit to Napa Valley in 1999, Mike's fascination with wine grew immensely. Soon he and his wife, Marybeth, became frequent visitors to the valley and joined the Allora Allotment program. Mike officially began his career in the wine industry in 2011 as the Cellar Master for Larkmead Vineyards. While there, he helped craft many highly acclaimed wines, including a 100-point wine in the 2013 vintage. In 2015, he joined the Allora team as Assistant Winemaker, and then became Winemaker in 2016. Mike brings a passion and level of detail to the wine making process that goes beyond just the fermentation of grapes. He is committed to increasing the health and vigor of the estate vineyard which ensures the highest quality fruit. He is dedicated to creating the elegant wines that have become the hallmark of Allora. While Mike and Marybeth enjoy the Napa Valley life, they also maintain close ties to their home and family back in Massachusetts.
When the Allora Estate was purchased in 1998, it was not technically for sale, but through Terry's close connections in the valley the property was acquired. As far back as the records show, one family owned this property and used it as pasturage for their livestock generation after generation. Finding previously unplanted land is virtually impossible in Napa Valley, and the well-fertilized soil shows through in the unrivaled quality of fruit produced in the vineyard. It is composed mainly of two different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, and two small blocks of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. Only organic farming methods are used to care for the vines. The soil is primarily sandy loam with portions comprised of clay. The most talented and celebrated viticulturists and winemakers were consulted during the planning and planting of the vineyard. One of the most celebrated winemakers in Napa Valley once said that the ideal vineyard would be in the coolest part of the hottest appellation. That is precisely where the Allora estate vineyard is located. An aerial view of Napa Valley reveals an hourglass shape. Allora is situated at the center, the narrowest spot in Napa Valley, which ensures gentle breezes to cool down the vineyard in the evening and bright, intense sun to keep the fruit ripening perfectly during the day. Our firm belief and treasured philosophy is as follows... Great wines start in the vineyard.
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