The Chateau Meroux follows Wendy and her best friend Jennifer from San Francisco to the Northern California countryside after Wendy (Marla Sokoloff) inherits a beautiful but struggling winery from her estranged father. Formerly a happy-go-lucky young woman, Wendy must quickly decide whether she wants to keep the vineyard and attempt to turn it around – or sell it to Nathan (Christopher Lloyd), her unscrupulous competitor down the road who will stop at nothing to acquire the Chateau….
Filmed on location at Gnekow Family Winery, a stunning and award-winning winery in Collegeville, California (about an hour from the Napa Valley, in the rolling hills between San Francisco and Yosemite), The Chateau Meroux "overflows" with the beauty of wine country. In addition to the picturesque vineyard setting, the incredible scenes of actual winemaking are real and the blends created in the movie are actually sold in limited release.
The Chateau Meroux features two wines that are integral to the plot of the story:
The Chateau Meroux Merlot from Bennett Valley, Sonoma, has won numerous medals, including Platinum at The Winemaker Challenge International 2011, Double Gold at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, a 93 rating Gold, Exceptional Best Buy rating at the Beverage Testing Institute and Gold medals at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Awards and the Orange County Fair.