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Trefethen Family Vineyards

Just north of the town of Napa, where the valley’s earliest vineyards were planted in the 1800s, is Trefethen Family Vineyards. Their historic wooden winery, built in 1886, stands sentinel over vast plantings of perfectly trellised grapevines. Gene and Katie Trefethen purchased this old winery and the surrounding vineyards in 1968. The winery was in a state of disrepair and their son John and his bride, Janet, took the challenge of restoring the old winery to become one of Napa’s foremost wine producers. In 1973, Trefethen released their first commercial wine.

Success came early when, in 1979, their Chardonnay was chosen “Best Chardonnay” in the world at the Gault-Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris. In recent years, the winery has reached similar success with their red wines including being voted the “Best Red Bordeaux Varietal in North America” at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2007 and Robert Parker appraising their red wines as “very impressive.”

True to the family’s vision of creating an acclaimed wine estate, they have grown every grape for every bottle of Trefethen. Knowing that being great stewards of the land is paramount to crafting expressive and complex wines, each vine is tended with the utmost of care. Today, the Trefethen family’s third generation, Lorenzo and Hailey, assist their parents in continuing the family tradition of passion for the land, its people, and the art of crafting exceptional Napa Valley wines.

Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation
  • Hours of Operation 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Restaurant Amenities
  • Green/Sustainable
Tours & Tastings
  • Other Tasting Options
  • Tastings - By Appointment
Winery Amenities
  • Family-Run
  • Gardens
  • Historic Buildings
  • Pet Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Scenic Views
  • Sustainably Farmed
  • Tasting Room Size Small
  • Unique Architecture
Wine List
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
Facility Info

Three Unique Guest Experiences at Trefethen

Originally constructed in 1886, this historic landmark was recently reopened after a full restoration. The second floor features a new tasting room, with a stunning view of the estate vineyards. Under the original soaring redwood ceilings, visitors can savor this piece of Napa Valley’s history as they sample estate grown wines. Upon arrival, guests select from a choice of three flights of Trefethen's signature varietals and small-lot offerings. Tasting fees are $25.00 to $35.00.

This former Trefethen family residence, built in the early 1900s, is surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Featuring elegant woodwork, of a quality rarely seen today, the Villa is now the home of Trefethen's Reserve tasting experience. After checking in at the Historic Winery, guests are escorted to the Villa by a wine educator. Seated around a large table, they are led through a flight of some of Trefethen's most special estate grown wines. This semi-private tasting, only available by prior reservation, is held three times each day, with a maximum group size of ten guests. Tastings fee is $50.

Trefethen also offers an in-depth educational tour and tasting experience that touches on the history of Napa and the craft of estate winegrowing. The fee for this tour is $45.00 per person and includes a tasting of five estate wines. Reservations are required for this experience which is offered only Monday–Friday.

Custom and private tasting experiences are available. Please call for more information.

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