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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

A Napa Valley Winery near the Silverado Trail

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Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours

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Joseph Phelps was part of the “New Wave” of winemakers who came to Napa Valley beginning in the late 1960s.
Phelps is credited with introducing numerous “firsts” to the Valley’s wine industry. For example, in 1974 Phelps produced one of the first Napa Syrah wines as well as the first Bordeaux-style blended red wine (the 1974 Insignia).
The large and beautiful redwood winery sits atop a hill with a view of Spring Valley, the nearby town of St. Helena, and, in the distance, the towering Mayacamas Mountains. In the spring, the winery’s huge trellis—constructed from century-old bridge timbers—is covered with wisteria. On sunny days, the covered tasting terrace is the place to sample wines; it offers stunning panoramic views across the vine-covered hills and much of Napa Valley below.

Fascinating Fact:

Before coming to Napa Valley in the early 1970s, Joseph Phelps ran a nationally-recognized construction company based in Colorado.

Spring Valley view from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Amenities: Wine Club (includes private tastings); picnic facilities; wine seminars (four different topics)
Founded: 1972
Signature Wines: Insignia (Bordeaux Blend), Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Syrah, Eisrébe (dessert wine)
Wine Tasting: All tastings by appointment only
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5; Sat-Sun, 10-4
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
200 Taplin Rd
Saint Helena, CA 94574
707-963-2745
email: spavy@jpvwines.com
website: www.jpvwines.com

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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