Ernest Alvin Goff
info courtesy of the Chateau
St. Jean web page
"The Chateau" was built as a summer
home for Ernest and Maude Goff, and their children.
originally from Saginaw, Michigan,
made its fortune in iron mines there, and
in lumber in the Pacific Northwest.
The 250 acres of land now Chateau St. Jean vineyards were initially
planted with white grapes. Prohibition curtailed grape growing, however,
and the family opted to grow prunes and walnuts instead. A visit to
Chateau St. Jean lifts all your senses. You can begin by exploring our
magnificent gardens that will make any visitor feel transported and awaken
your sense of smell. As you wind your way through the gardens your path
will lead you to our Visitors Center. Once inside, your taste buds will
delight in the wine country treasures from superb Sonoma County wines and
gifts in the Retail Room to delicious gourmet foods at the Charcuterie.
Across the courtyard, sits the Chateau that houses our Vineyard Room for
those who would like to sample reserve wines.