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Our History

Highlights and Milestones

Our First 125 Years

1883 Adam Grimm, scion of a German wine-growing family, buys 405 acres of mountain land above Calistoga and plants extensive vineyards, including Zinfandel.
1889 Jacob Grimm joins Adam. They dig 3 large tunnels 100 feet into the volcanic rock and establish Grimm’s Vineyards and WineVaults.
1919 Adam has moved to San Francisco. Jacob switches to making “sacramental and medicinal” wines...
1976 Jerry and Sigrid Seps fall in love with the wild, abandoned place and purchase the ninety acre parcel surrounding the ghost winery. They call it Storybook Mountain, to pay tribute to the scenic beauty, and honor the memory of the original founders. They replant Zinfandel.
1983 Storybook releases its first Zinfandel and wins its first Gold medals.
1989 Storybook’s 1984 Reserve becomes the highest rated Zinfandel in history.
1990 Jerry Seps calls together a group of Zinfandel producers; they found ZAP and he begins his five years as ZAP president.
1993 Storybook’s 1991 Napa Zinfandel receives 4-Star-Gold at the Orange County Fair. Only 4 of 2288 wines judged receive this highest award.
1994 The United States Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, serves Storybook Zinfandel to the Nobel laureates.
1999 Storybook's '97 Eastern Exposures is among the 100 best wines of the year and Wine Enthusiast's highest rated Zinfandel. It is served at the White House.
2001 Storybook's 1999 Eastern Exposures Zinfandel is rated Best of the Best wines of 2001 by Connoisseurs' Guide. It is served at the White House.
2003 Wine & Spirits Magazine names Storybook "Artisan Winery of the Year" and includes it among the top 100 wineries in the world.
2005  Robert Parker lists Storybook among wineries "representing the pinnacle of wine quality in California," and one of six best Zinfandels in the world
President Obama becomes the third President to serve Storybook in the White House.
2014 Storybook named one of the top 100 wineries of the world for the eleventh time by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

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