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Grgich and partner Austin Hills break ground on the Grgich Hills winery, July 4, 1977.  Grgich called it “my independence day.”

Grgich and partner Austin Hills break ground on the Grgich Hills winery, July 4, 1977. Grgich called it “my independence day.”

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Grgich Hills Estate

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    Barrels of Grgich Hills wine are racked at the winery in Napa Valley.

    Barrels of Grgich Hills wine are racked at the winery in Napa Valley.

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    Marcus Teply

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    A winemaker tests a barrel of Grgich Hills wine at the winery in Napa Valley. Grgich was part of the generation of winemakers, many of them immigrants, who turned Napa Valley from an agricultural backwater into one of the winemaking capitals of the world

    A winemaker tests a barrel of Grgich Hills wine at the winery in Napa Valley. Grgich was part of the generation of winemakers, many of them immigrants, who turned Napa Valley from an agricultural backwater into one of the winemaking capitals of the world.

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    Marcus Teply

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    Zinfandel vines in fall colors spread out from Grgich's Napa Valley home.  Grgich funded research that discovered the grapes, once thought to be uniquely American, have origins in Croatia.

    Zinfandel vines in fall colors spread out from Grgich's Napa Valley home. Grgich funded research that discovered the grapes, once thought to be uniquely American, have origins in Croatia.

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    Marcus Teply

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    Great steel vats of wine at Grgich Hills Estate winery in Napa Valley.  Grgich says he came to America with 32 dollars in the sole of his shoe. Today, his winery produces 70,000 cases of wine per year.

    Great steel vats of wine at Grgich Hills Estate winery in Napa Valley. Grgich says he came to America with 32 dollars in the sole of his shoe. Today, his winery produces 70,000 cases of wine per year.

    Credit:

    Marcus Teply

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    Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich at his home in Napa Valley.  He says the view from his terrace reminds him of the mountain where he herded sheep as a child in Croatia.

    Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich at his home in Napa Valley. He says the view from his terrace reminds him of the mountain where he herded sheep as a child in Croatia.

    Credit:

    Marcus Teply

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