The California wine producer Kendall-Jackson is to close down Chateau du Lac, the winery from where Jess Jackson began to build the Kendall-Jackson business.

Associated Press quoted spokesman George Rose as saying: "That is where it all started," said spokesman George Rose. "We have been making wine up there in Lake County for 22 years."

Jess Jackson, KJ's owner, began work at Chateau du Lac when he was still working as an attorney in San Franscico.

However, the operation now lives in the shadow of the giant facilities the company has in Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara and Monterey counties.