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Napa Valley, Rutherford, Winery
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Founded in 1972 by a group of San Francisco lawyers and doctors with a long-held interest in wine, Franciscan foundered in its first few years.
In 1985, Agustin Huneeus, a Chilean vintner who had made a huge success with wine company Concha y Toro, took over Franciscan’s helm. He set about acquiring or establishing additional wineries, creating a successful group of premium wineries in the process.
Today Franciscan is owned by Constellation Brands, the world’s largest wine company, and is committed to small-lot winemaking.
An immense fountain greets you on your approach to the slate-roofed winery and offers a great photo opportunity. Inside the elegant winery you’ll find a soaring cathedral ceiling and an immaculate stainless steel tasting counter.
In winter you’ll probably want to sample your wine while sitting beside the roaring fireplace, but on Napa’s frequent sunny days the shaded patio is the place to be. You’re welcome to bring a picnic here to enjoy with your tasting.
In 1999 Agustin Huneeus sold his interest in Franciscan and became involved in many other successful Napa wine ventures. He and his wife own Quintessa Winery in Napa’s Rutherford district.
Amenities: Wine Club, Educational seminars and pairings (by appointment), Winery tours