When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal. Their great appreciation for fine food and wine eventually bred passion and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-nine years later, the winery remains owned by second- and third-generation members of the family. Well known for their Chardonnay the world over being featured in the Wine Spectator Top 100 multiple times.