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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

200 Taplin Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-2745

Tasting:   Open daily 9 to 5 pm by appointment, 9 to 4 pm on weekends
Tasting fee $20
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
  Five different Tasting Seminars
Price Range:   $14 to $200 per bottle
Established:   1973
Vineyards:   600 acres
  65,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Dog Friendly

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Description

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an independent estate winery located on a knoll overlooking bucolic Spring Valley just outside of St. Helena. The graceful redwood winery overlooks vineyard-studded hills and the lush valley floor that produce richly flavored Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals.

The winery is dominated by a massive wisteria-covered trellis made from
100-year-old recycled bridge timbers. From the tree-shaded back terrace, visitors are offered a spectacular view of Spring Valley, St. Helena, and the Mayacamas Mountains to the west.

The tasting experience at Joseph Phelps requires an appointment for one of the in-depth tasting programs. There is a general wine-appreciation seminar and two separate blending seminars that test your skills as winemaker. An olfactory sensory program challenges your aroma-identity ability. A new barrel seminar focuses on the role the barrel plays in winemaking, and a history seminar on the terroir of their flagship Insignia wine is also available. Fees for these programs are $30, but they are free for wine club members. (An extensive -- and filling --
wine-and-food-pairing class is offered to club members only.)

Varietals produced at Phelps include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Insignia (their Bordeaux luxury blend), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, several Rhône-style wines, and a dessert wine made from Scheurebe grapes, which are a cross between Riesling and Sylvaner.

Joseph Phelps owns extensive tracts of biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Oakville, Rutherford, Sonoma Coast, Monterey and St. Helena areas.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
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NapaWino, Fresno
I needed an appointment to get in but it was worth it. They put you through some classes that were very enjoyable. I recommend this for anyone in the area.

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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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