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Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • We made a reservation although it was on a Monday at 10:30 it was so very relaxing to sit at a table and sip wine. We bought the merlot. The history of the winery was very interesting. We chose this b...  read more »
  • We hadn't been here in 30 years. We shared a story about why we wanted to come here based on history - I had done a business case on their winery in business school. Chris, our tasting host, proceeded...  read more »
  • But I am a member and love red wine. If you don't, there may be better places for you to visit. I have had great experiences during every visit and had great wines during the tasting. The staff is gre...  read more »
  • 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.
  • work 2 years and it is very beautiful and hygienic and clean the staff the warmth
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