The Goelet Vision
A direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, owner John Goelet’s love of fine wine and pioneering spirit inspired a global search for world-class land for vineyard development that spanned three continents and led to the establishment of four estates in premier wine growing regions. Goelet’s original vision, to exhibit world-class wines that express the terroirs of the vineyards from which they are crafted, remains the underlying essence of GWE and its wineries.
In 1970, John Goelet searched the globe for world-class vineyard land. Two years later, in the region now recognized as Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, he and his team were convinced that this undiscovered region was ideal for growing Bordeaux varieties. Goelet acquired 150 acres in 1972 and founded Clos Du Val, ‘a small estate of a small valley’. In 1973, the winery expanded to the cooler nearby region of Carneros, which is ideal for Burgundy varieties.
Upon exploring Australia’s terrain, the suitability of Victoria’s Pyrenees was suggested based on its ideal climatic conditions, to craft top quality red, white and sparkling wines from the one estate. Goelet purchased Taltarni in 1972. Known as a founding winery of the Pyrenees region, Taltarni’s estate vineyards are rooted in the iron rich red soil of the region. In 1986, Clover Hill was established in north-east Tasmania as a sparkling wine estate.
Convinced of the potential for crafting high-quality wines in the Languedoc region of France, Goelet sought a vineyard site of exceptional terroir, and decided upon the Domaine de Nizas property which he purchased in 1998, with the objective of making high-quality wines in the Languedoc.