Vintner and wine authority. Miljenko (Mike) Grgich, born 1923 in the Croatian region of Yugoslavia, immigrated to Napa Valley, California, in 1958 where he worked in several major wineries. In 1972 he became head winemaker at Chateau Montelena winery. His 1973 Chardonnay wine won a blind tasting of American and French wines in 1976. The red wine winner was made by Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and these victories confirmed and further contributed to the rise of premium winemaking in California. Grgich joined Austin Hills in 1976 to create a new winery, Grgich Hills Cellar, now Grgich Hills Estate.
Papers relating to the life and career of vintner Miljenko (Mike) Grgich, his work as a wine authority, and the winery businesses with which he has been associated. Papers relating to Grgich include autobiographical writings; personal documents such as his college transcripts and immigration papers; writings; awards and photographs. Professional papers include business documents relating to the running of a winery, such as sales reports, contracts, and personnel documents; financial papers on profit, supplies, equipment, etc.; papers relating to the winery and its surrounding property, such as design drawings, and papers relating to the construction of the winery's buildings; food and wine notes; printed materials including invitations, wine tour information, reprints of articles, magazines, advertising, and printed programs from wine tasting events.
Mike Grgich Papers, 1923, 1929, 1950-2008, 2013, Archives Center, National Museum of American History