Scrapbooks, photograph albums, clippings, awards,
memorabilia, and papers curated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff, wife of André Tchelistcheff. The collection documents winemaker
André Tchelistcheff's life and work from 1967-1994, especially his work with Beaulieu Vineyards, and memorial events in his
honor from 1994 to 2001.
Winemaker André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994), known as "the dean of wine" and "the Maestro", studied agriculture in
Czechoslovakia at the University of Brno and later studied viticulture and enology at the Pasteur Institute and the Institut
National Agronomique in Paris. He came to California in 1938 at the invitation of Georges de Latour, owner of Beaulieu
Vineyard, who was seeking a winemaker who could bring European methods to his winery. During his time at Beaulieu,
Tchelistcheff introduced the now standard practices of fermenting white wines in a cold room and using malolactic
fermentation as an essential part of making red wines. Tchelistcheff remained at Beaulieu until his retirement in 1973, after
which he worked as a consulting enologist for many winemakers and wineries, including Robert Mondavi, Louis M. Martini,
Franciscan Vineyards, Firestone, Jordan, and Buena Vista in California, and Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington. Following
retirement, Tchelistcheff also conducted a series of tours for winemakers through Wine Tours International, the first of
which coincided with the famous 1976 Paris Tasting. In 1991, Tchelistcheff returned to Beaulieu as a consultant and worked
there until his death in 1994.
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