Award winning Korean-owned Dana Estates designated official wines of the G-20 Summit
on 11/11/10 at 3:13 pmWine
When Korean vintner Lee Hi-sang first went to Napa Valley during the late 1990s to buy land, there were few people who wanted to sell to a foreigner with no experience running a winery.
More than a decade later, Onda d’Oro -a cabernet sauvignon produced by Dana Estates, Lee’s winery in Napa Valley, Calif. – has been designated as an official wine of the G-20 Summit in Seoul.
Onda d’Oro, which means “golden wave” in Italian, will be served to dignitaries during the G-20 Summit’s opening banquet today.
Vaso, another cabernet sauvignon produced by Dana Estates, will be served to finance ministers at the summit. Vaso stands for vessel in Italian.
Dana Estates – which is owned by DongA One Corp., a local flour and animal feed company of which Lee is also the chairman – has three vineyards in Napa Valley at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. It has become a reputable name in the wine business in the United States, with its 2007 Lotus Vineyard cabernet sauvignon earning a perfect score from famed wine critic Robert Parker late last year.