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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
Restaurants
Wineries
Hours of Operation
  • Hours of Operation 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Restaurant Amenities
  • Green/Sustainable
Tours & Tastings
  • Food & Wine Pairing Taste the Estate
  • Other Tasting Options
  • Tastings - By Appointment
Winery Amenities
  • EV Charging Stations
  • 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

Tasting Flight - The Historic Winery

Originally constructed in 1886, this historic landmark is the center of Trefethen's visitor center. Designed by the leading California winery architect at that time, Hamden McIntyre, the building is a rare example of a wooden three-story “gravity flow” winery. The first floor has now been re-dedicated to the aging of wines in barrel. 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 our estate-grown wines, with three different flights to choose from.

$25 - $35 per guest

Reservations are suggested (especially on weekends) for our Tasting Flights

For more information and reservations, please call 707.255.7700.

Reserve Tasting - The Villa
(Seatings at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm)

This former Trefethen family residence, Built in the early 1900s, is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts Movement in California. The elegant woodwork, of a quality rarely seen today, reflects the style’s embrace of craftsmanship and natural materials. Surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the Villa is now home to Trefethen’s Reserve tasting experience. After checking in at the Historic Winery, guests are escorted to the Villa. Seated around a large table, they are led through a flight of some of our 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.

$50 per guest

Reservations are required for the Villa Reserve Tasting

For more information and reservations, please call 707.255.7700.

Vineyard and Winery Tour
(Monday - Friday at 10:00 am)

The Vineyard and Historic Winery Tour immerses visitors in the history of the Trefethen property and the family’s approach to crafting world-class estate-grown wines. Guests will learn about the architecture and recent restoration of the original winery built in 1886 and enjoy a guided walk through our teaching vineyard. The tour concludes with a special tasting of our estate-grown wines. Please allow one and a half hours for this experience.

$45 per guest

Reservations are required for the Vineyard/Winery Tour

Taste the Estate

For guests looking to immerse themselves in the flavors of Trefethen, Taste the Estate provides an educational and fun way to experience the full bounty of our estate—from the garden to the glass. After a brief tour of our Historic Winery, guests are guided to the Villa, a former family residence surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Each wine is presented with a delectable bite from Winery Chef Chris Kennedy.

A sample menu features seared pacific scallop with cantaloupe emulsion and sunflower granola, yakitori -grilled Hen of the Woods mushroom with cabernet tare and cured egg yolk and air bread “tartine” with A5 Wagyu beef and aged California cheddar.

The 90-minute experience is offered daily at 3 pm for up to 10 guests and features four wines.

$100 per guest

Customized private Taste the Estate: starting at $125 per guest

For reservations, please contact our concierge at 707.255.7700.

Legacy Tasting

Our exclusive Legacy Tasting is personally hosted by third-generation Trefethen family member Lorenzo Trefethen and showcases Trefethen’s smallest production wines alongside seasonal pairings from Winery Chef Chris Kennedy.

Guests are welcomed with a taste of Trefethen’s Dry Riesling and a walk through the recently restored Historic Winery which dates back to the 19th century. Next up is a tour of the estate vineyard, including a stop at Katie’s Acre, named after Lorenzo and Hailey’s grandmother and the source of the winery’s age-worthy Harmony Chardonnay. After returning to the Villa, a former family home surrounded by gorgeous gardens, Lorenzo will present the estate’s newest wine, the inaugural vintage of The Cowgirl and The Pilot Merlot, a touching tribute to Lorenzo and Hailey’s parents, the winery’s founders.

The experience concludes with HāLo, the family’s award-winning flagship Cabernet Sauvignon which is sourced entirely from their Hillspring vineyard. Examples of the elevated bites include gougères of fresh goat cheese mousse with tarragon and toasted hazelnuts and A5 Wagyu beef “lollipops” with Trefethen breadsticks, wild arugula, and black pepper crème.

$175 per guest

For reservations, please contact our concierge at 707.255.7700.

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