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Freemark Abbey Winery

3022 St, Helena Hwy North
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9694

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $10 & $15 for reserve
  Tours by Appointment
  Resurant on site
Price Range:   $20 to $70 per bottle
Established:   1939
  40-45,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Freemark Abbey Winery Description

Just off the highway is the recently renovated winery of Freemark Abbey, surrounded by a complex of outbuildings, winery offices, shops, a restaurant, patios and lawns. Back along the trellised walkway is their spacious tasting room.

The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The historic site where

GrapeRadio Interview with John Bryan

Josephine's winery, Tychson Cellars, once stood is now known as Freemark Abbey. In 1939, three businessmen from Southern California, Albert "Abbey" Ahern, Charles Freeman and Markquand Foster purchased the old winery. They renamed it Freemark Abbey (a combination of all three partners’ names).

The tasting room is large and comfortable with a dramatic wood-beamed ceiling, comfortable leather chairs, a fireplace and French doors leading outside to a deck. The “L”-shaped tasting counter can be very busy with visitors sampling their well-known red and white wines.

Freemark Abbey produces a Napa Valley Cabernet, the vineyard-designated Bosche Cabernet and Sycamore Cabernet. They also produce Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling, as well as very limited-production wines such as Viognier, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc. If it is available, try their late-harvest Riesling for a mouthful of sweet peaches, apricots, honey and fruit blossoms.

Freemark Abbey Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Historic Features
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Reds are us
This is a winery that is a must see its beautiful, the reds are all great, and as a bonus there is a brew pub right next door for lunch.

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Eagle12, Chicago
The winery here has lots of history, that and the cabs are why we stopped at Freemark Abbey. Sue was pouring the wine and informing us about the history of the winery. She answered all of our questions and then some. We wandered around the grounds taking photos and sipping Cab. What an enjoyable stop. We purchase a bottle of 1998 Cabernet Bosche Vineyard. If you like wine history and good well made library Cabs stop here. Not cheap but well worth the stop.

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Two thumbs up
GoingToCalifornia, LA
Loved this stop in St. Helena. Very established tasting room with good wines. Try the Petite Sirah.

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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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