Chevalier in the News
Chateau Chevalier was big news in 1891. The Saint Helena Star, June 24, 1891, carried the first story on the construction of the Chevalier winery:
Monday Charles York, foreman of G. F. Chevaliers Spring Mountain place, showed us plans of a fine new cellar which is now in course of construction for that gentleman.
It is being built of grey stone, trimmed in pink and the front is an E shape.
It will be two stories high and 79 x 56 feet in size. M.G. Bale
is doing the woodwork and Pithie and Birkett are the stone masons. The work is progressing rapidly, the walls to the second floor being up.
The building will be completed in about six weeks when it will be filled with the very finest oak cooperage, the whole to cost in the neighborhood of $10,000.
This Spring Mr. Chevalier erected a fine barn costing $2000. It is 66 x 24 feet and a ceiled and oiled inside. Next year the gentleman, who spends most of his time in San Francisco, expects to erect an elegant residence. Mr. York informs us that Mr. Chevalier is constantly making improvements and will soon have one of the finest places in Napa County.
There are 40 acres of land in the place, 25 of which are covered with healthy vines from which a fine quality of wine will be made.