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Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena

(4.2/5 based on 60 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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  • My fiancee and I visited 5 wineries during our trip to Napa and the quality of the wine at Freemark was definitely the highest. We bought the "Little Book of Big Experiences" (which I'd wholeheartedly...  more »
  • Nice reds in mid price range. Great reds at the higher price point. Neat setting. Adequate wine knowledge but limited to Freemark wines.  more »
  • Came here for a quick tasting with friends on a rainy day. Loved the old building fully restored built in 1912. The wines were not really my thing, but I did like one of the Merlots and the Viognier w...  more »
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  • 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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