Vintners Hall of Fame
The Vintners Hall of Fame celebrates the men and women whose collective vision, determination, and hard work have been responsible for the growth and worldwide prestige of the California wine industry. Bronze sculptures of the inductees—crafted by renowned artist Lawrence Newlan—are displayed on the historic 2,200-gallon redwood wine barrels in the former Christian Brothers' Barrel Room. Each plaque includes a biography of the inductee, capturing that person's unique accomplishments and role in making California one of the most legendary places in the world for fine wine.
The CIA's Vintners Hall of Fame also includes "A History of California Wine: The David and Judy Breitstein Collection," the first major educational exhibit to document the rich history of California wine as told through rare bottles and their accompanying informational placards. Meticulously curated by Karen MacNeil, chair of the CIA's Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, the Breitstein Collection will display some 40 of the 150 bottles in the collection at any one time.
Each year, the college holds A Celebration of California Wine & Food, a series of events celebrating the induction of new members into the Vintners Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the induction celebrations contribute to student scholarships.