Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena

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Freemark Abbey Winery, located between St. Helena and Calistoga in California's Napa Valley, traces its roots to 1886. Today, Freemark Abbey produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling, as well as very limited production wines, such as Viognier, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc. Depending on conditions, the winery sometimes makes a late harvest Riesling known as "Edelwein Gold".HistoryThe winery was first built by Josephine Marlin Tychson, one of the first women to build and operate a winery in the state. The winery was originally named Tychson Cellars and it produced Zinfandel, Riesling, and "Burgundy". Josephine Tychson sold the winery to her foreman Nils Larsen in 1894. Larson in turn leased the property to Antonio Forni and later sold it to him in 1898. Forni renamed the winery Lombarda Cellars after his birthplace; Lombarda Italy. He concentrated his efforts on making Chianti and other Italian style wines which he marketed to the numerous Italians that had moved to Barre, Vermont, the site of America's largest marble and granite quarries. Forni was forced to cease operations when Prohibition began.
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  • September 25, 2017
    We just landed in the Napa valley and stopped by for our first tasting. We left with great recommendations and an amazing Chardonnay. Thank you Kevin  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    We've been to Freemark Abbey several times in the past, but this was the first visit to the new tasting room. We had made a reservation for a seated tasting for a party of 6. When we arrived, we were ...  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    The winery has a long and interesting history - it was originally started in 1886 by one of the first women to own a winery in California. Like most of the wineries in the valley, the facility is beau...  more »
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  • May 26, 2017
    Excellent wine, definitely a favorite.
  • March 5, 2016
    Certainly one of the oldest, an IMHO best wineries in the valley. You really can't go wrong with anything Ted creates.
  • May 22, 2013
    Michael was amazing. Knowledgeable, personable, and just full of info and passion. We were there for almost 2 hours and it was truly an amazing experience. We learned the history of the vineyard and were very happy to discover some really amazing wines. True fans and we definitely will return .
  • August 4, 2011
    One of our favorites of the Napa Valley trip. Wine is outstanding and Sue was a real pleasure walking us through their top tier tasting menu. The ground are small but very pretty and quiet.
  • October 6, 2011
    Average wines, OK, but not great. Beautiful gardens.

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Because St. Helena is nestled in upscale wine country, most people who visit have no intention of roughing it. As such, the city sports a number of luxurious hotels. Several boast restaurants, hot tubs, and swimming pools; however, keep in mind that those with extensive grounds tend to be farther away from the main street. Budget-conscious travelers can find some more basic motels (looking farther out of town is a good way to save a few dollars). However, those staying on the outskirts should be aware that parking--particularly during high season--can be challenging in the city.
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