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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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  • Absolutely fantastic Napa wine. We had our tasting and wound up leaving with several bottles for our collection. We loved the Rutherford and it's earthy taste. I think we might uncork a bottle tonight...  more »
  • Our visit was so much fun. Tasting a variety of wines, learning about the history of the vineyard and the first woman to own a winery. We weren't disappointed at all by the variety we tasted and the e...  more »
  • We stopped in at Freemark Abbey on a recommendation of a friend. Grace was wonderful to talk to and gave us a great experience with our wine tasting. She also gave us some advice for restaurants and o...  more »
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  • Excellent wine, definitely a favorite.
  • Certainly one of the oldest, an IMHO best wineries in the valley. You really can't go wrong with anything Ted creates.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • Average wines, OK, but not great. Beautiful gardens.

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Where to stay in St. Helena

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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