Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Welcome to Joseph Phelps Vineyards. We invite you to visit our newly renovated original winery in St. Helena. We offer Terrace Tastings, Exceptional Wine Experiences and Private Tastings, by prior appointment. Please call the winery directly at (800) 707-5789 or (707) 967-3720 to make your reservation.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms 390 acres of vines in Napa Valley on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa. In pursuit of an ideal location to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in 1999 the Phelps family purchased land near the town of Freestone on the western
Sonoma Coast, planted 100 acres of vineyards, and built a dedicated winery. Phelps is best known for its flagship wine, Insignia, a Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varieties first produced in 1974.

Please note: Due to the nature of our tastings and to ensure an intimate experience, we cannot allow anyone under the age of 21, which includes infants and children. Also, only certified service animals are permitted at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Thank you for understanding.

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We offer Terrace Tastings, Exceptional Wine Experiences and Private Tastings. Please call the winery directly at (800) 707-5789 or (707) 967-3720 to make your reservation.

TERRACE TASTING
A personalized seated tasting overlooking our estate vineyards. A selection of our current release Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines are offered, including Insignia. Limited to six guests per party. These tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, tastings begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. $75 per person, up to four complimentary for Phelps Preferred members. Additional guests of Phelps Preferred members are charged at full price.

EXCEPTIONAL WINE EXPERIENCES
Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. These popular tastings embrace a variety of topics geared to both the novice and those with broader knowledge. All are semi-private and last 90 minutes. Limited to six guests per party. The cost per person is $100, up to four complimentary for Phelps Preferred members (except for the Wine and Cheese Experience and Insignia: Past, Present & Future tasting). Additional guests of Phelps Preferred members are charged at full price. Topics vary by day and include:

Insignia Blending: Play winemaker for the day and learn the art of blending different varieties to make the perfect wine. Smell, taste, and experiment with blending six Insignia components, then taste and compare your blend with our current vintage.

Single Vineyards ~ A Taste of Place: Discover how the intersection of soil, microclimate, exposure and varietal selection make vineyards and vineyard-designated wines unique. This tasting includes six single-vineyard wines including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from our Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards on the West Sonoma Coast, Sauvignon Blanc from our St. Helena Vineyard, Syrah from Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard in Carneros along with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The tasting also includes our flagship wine, Insignia.

Barrel Aging Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Explore the role of a barrel in the development of a fine wine. In addition to the current releases, you will taste four Cabernet Sauvignon samples aged in different barrels. You will also experience twelve different aromas found in wines that are aged in barrels of different origin and toast levels.

Napa Valley Rocks: Explore the unique geological formations and climate where the renowned wine Insignia is grown and produced. Taste Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from four estate vineyards in distinctly different Napa Valley sub-appellations. Learn why Napa Valley’s terroir is an important factor in determining our flagship wine Insignia’s distinctive sense of place.

Wine Aroma Challenge: Put your nose to the test and identify six white wine and six red wine aromas in this fun and interactive experience. Challenge your colleagues and sharpen your ability to identify aromas in wine.


LIMITED EXCEPTIONAL WINE EXPERIENCES
These are seated tastings that require a charge for all guests. Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price, additional guests will be charged full price.

Wine & Cheese Pairing: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., we host a guided wine tasting and pairing of cheeses, salumi, nuts, fruits and other delicacies. Experience how food and wine interact in concert or contrast and discover your preferences. $100 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($50), additional guests will be charged full price.

Insignia: Past, Present & Future Tasting: Offered by prior request. Experience a rare opportunity with a five vintage tasting of our flagship wine, Insignia. Please call for information on vintages currently included in this tasting. $150 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($75), additional guests will be charged full price.

PRIVATE TASTINGS
Private Tastings at Joseph Phelps Vineyards are tailored to your visit and conducted by one of our senior wine educators. Private Tastings must be booked well in advance. The cost per person is $125, up to four complimentary for Phelps Preferred members. Additional guests of Phelps Preferred members are charged at full price.

PHELPS PREFERRED
Joseph Phelps Vineyards takes great pleasure in introducing our wine club. As a valued member of Phelps Preferred, you will enjoy a number of special benefits:

- Exclusive Joseph Phelps wines delivered directly to you in Spring and Fall
- 20% discount on all wines, including library and limited releases, as well as non-wine merchandise
- Exclusive Insignia Futures pricing offer
- Complimentary Terrace Tastings, Exceptional Wine Experiences and Private Tastings for up to four reservations per visit at either location, Napa Valley and Freestone
Discounted entry for up to four reservations per visit to Limited Edition Exceptional Wine Experiences
- Entry for two during one of our annual Insignia Weekend events
- Entry for two during our monthly Second Sunday events in Freestone
- Invitations to elegant Wine Club dinners featuring famous chefs and menus tailored to our wines

We offer four different wine club levels, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for you!

Original Club: A wonderful introduction to the fine wines of Joseph Phelps VineyardsReds, whites ' dessert wines included
Red Wines Only: Our best red wines to enjoy now or cellar
Flagship Club: More fabulous reds from Joseph Phelps, including our limited-production, wine club-only Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville
Collectors’ Club: Build an impressive cellar with 12 bottles per shipment, featuring both Insignia and Backus