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Franciscan Winery

1178 Galleron Road
St Helena, CA 94574

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting $10 and $15
15% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
  Wine Blending and Sensory Evaluaition seminars
Price Range:   $18 to $45 per bottle
Established:   1972
Vineyards:   390 acres
  350,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Franciscan Winery Description

Franciscan’s cascading fountain stands in front of the hospitality, tasting and wine exploration center just off Napa's Route 29. Inside the slate-roofed buildings there are numerous opportunities to learn about grapes, wine and wine tasting.

Their luxurious tasting room, with its stainless-steel tasting counter, attractive wood display cases and soaring cathedral ceilings provides an elegant environment in which to enjoy their wines. A warm fireplace, a sunny patio and private tasting areas complete the experience.

Try their “Taste Exploration Series” and explore wine from the vineyard to the bottle. Private tastings led by a knowledgeable staff member can also enhance your visit. Franciscan also offers seminars, including “The Art of the Blend” program where you get to play winemaker, creating your own blend with five classic Bordeaux varietals ($30). Or try their Sensory Evaluation Seminar to taste wines like a professional, identifying each wine's signature aromas.

The philosophy at Franciscan is that great wines are a reflection of their terroir - the combination of soil, topography, microclimate and people that makes each site unique. Vintner Chairman Agustin Huneeus has said that “It's more the place than the variety that determines a wine's character."

The winery owns 240 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyards at their Franciscan Oakville Estate. The well-drained gravel and loam soils are cooled by evening and early-morning fogs that inch northward from San Francisco Bay, then are sufficiently warmed by midday sunshine to slowly and evenly mature the grapes. The winery blends its finished wines to create just the right mix of flavors, tannins, and terroir. Wines produced include Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, white and red blends, and a port.

Franciscan Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
Food Available
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
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GoingToCalifornia, LA
Franciscan Winery was an excellent stop. More than anything, they really teach you a lot about their wines. I highly enjoyed this place.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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