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Tchelistcheff (Dorothy and André) Collection
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  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff Collection
    Creator: Tchelistcheff, Dorothy E.
    Identifier/Call Number: D-654
    Physical Description: 9.4 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1937-2018
    Date (bulk): 1970-2001
    Abstract: Scrapbooks, photograph albums, clippings, awards, memorabilia, and papers curated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff, wife of André Tchelistcheff. The bulk of 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. The collection also includes a small amount of material related to André Tchelistcheff's early education and arrival in the United States.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

    Biography

    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.

    Selected Awards

    1986 Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award
    1990 Wine Man of the Year, Wine Industry Technical Symposium
    2000 Reader's Choice Award, The Person Who Has Done the Most to Advance Wine Quality, Wine Spectator
    2004 COPIA Lifetime Achievement Award
    March 2007 Vintners Hall of Fame (Culinary Institute of America)
    Sources:
    "Andre Tchelistcheff, Lifetime Achievements 1991." The Society of Bacchus, 2019, https://www.societyofbacchus.com/andre-tchelistcheff/  . Accessed 7 October 2019.
    "The Maestro." Beaulieu Vineyards, 2019, https://www.bvwines.com/en-us/winemaking . Accessed 7 October 2019.
    Lord, Tony. "Andre Tchelistcheff, Decanter's Man of the Year 1992." Decanter, vol. 17, no. 7, March 1992, pp 30-34.
    Perdue, Andy. "Mentor-winemaker André Tchelistcheff helped make Washington a major player." The Seattle Times, 9 May 2014, https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/mentor-winemaker-andr-tchelistcheff-helped-make-washington-a-major-player/  . Accessed 7 October 2019.
    Prial, Frank J. "Andre Tchelistcheff, 92, Authority on Wine." The New York Times, 7 April 1994, https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/07/obituaries/andre-tchelistcheff-92-authority-on-wine.html  . Accessed 7 October 2019.

    Scope and Contents

    Scrapbooks, photograph albums, clippings, awards, memorabilia, and papers curated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff, wife of André Tchelistcheff. The bulk of 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. The collection also includes a small amount of material related to André Tchelistcheff's early education and arrival in the United States.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Liz Phillips with help from student assistant Aditi Sinha.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff Collection, D-654, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Acquisition

    Gift of Dorothy Tchelistcheff, 2019.

    Publication Rights

    All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wine and wine making
    Wine industry -- History
    Tchelistcheff, André, 1901-
    Beaulieu Vineyard (Calif.) -- History