Since being enchanted with Napa Valley after the historic 1976 Judgment of Paris, Kenzo Tsujimoto dreamed of establishing a winery in Napa and crafting world-class wines of distinction, artistry and tradition. The wines of Kenzo Estate are the result of Kenzo Tsujimoto’s two decades devoted to the pursuit of the finest Napa Valley winegrowing terroir. His quest led him to an untamed mountain valley, on the flanks of Mt. George, in Napa’s southeast corner. Mr. Tsujimoto’ utilized his business expertise as well as his immense passion to realize his dream of establishing Kenzo Estate.
Kenzo Tsujimoto was born in Nara, Japan in 1940. After completing Unebi High School, Kenzo joined the family wholesaling business while studying accounting in his spare time. At the age of 22, he left the family business to open his own confectionary store in Osaka, and soon began selling cotton candy machines. In the early 1970’s, Mr. Tsujimoto added coin-operated game machines to his distribution business, which by then had expanded throughout Japan, and was able to capitalize on the growing popularity of arcade video games.
In 1983, Mr. Tsujimoto founded the company that would become Capcom, now one of the world’s most successful video game publishers, in Osaka. Within a few years, Capcom had achieved international success through development of original games such as “Street Fighter” and “Mega Man,” and in 1985 opened its first overseas subsidiary, which was located in Sunnyvale (since relocated to San Mateo). Capcom stock was registered as an OTC security with the Japan Securities Dealers Association in 1990, and listed on the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2000.
Under Mr. Tsujimoto’s leadership, Capcom, still headquartered in Osaka, has created some of the world’s best-known and highest-selling video games while making significant contributions to its local community and industry associations.
While continuing to lead Capcom through a period of dramatic change and growth in the video game industry, in 1990, at the same time he was taking his enormously successful company public, Mr. Tsujimoto acquired 3,800 acres of undeveloped land in the southeastern mountains of Napa Valley. Kenzo had first become enchanted with Napa Valley after the historic 1976 Judgment of Paris, which launched Napa wines onto the world stage. Setting out with the objective of creating world-class wines of distinction, artistry and tradition, Mr. Tsujimoto retained some of Napa Valley’s most prominent advisors to assist with planning and development of the new winery. With each decision made since its inception led by Kenzo Tsujimoto’s unwavering passion and philosophy, his dream of establishing Kenzo Estate was finally realized.