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Beringer Vineyards

Napa Valley’s Oldest Continually-operated Winery

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Beringer—the oldest continually-operated winery in Napa Valley—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The winery was founded in 1876 by two German immigrant brothers, Jacob and Frederick Beringer. Jacob set to work immediately, moving into a farmhouse already on the property (known as Hudson House, today it’s the winery’s culinary center).
Frederick spent most of his time on the east coast for the first few years, but in 1883 he joined his brother in Napa. He then began construction of the fabulous “Rhine House,” a 17-room mansion modeled after the brothers’ family home on the Rhine River.
Rhine House, the site of reserve tastings, is also home to a well-stocked gift shop. Take note of the building’s fine Victorian touches, particularly the crafted stonework exterior, interior wood paneling, and ornate stained glass windows.
With its long history and captivating architecture, Beringer is one of Napa Valley’s most-visited wineries. You can take a self-guided tour of the elaborate gardens, ancient ivy-covered out-buildings, Carriage House and many other highlights, but only on a guided tour will you be able to explore the wine-aging tunnels carved from the mountain in the late 1870s.

Fascinating Fact:

Hudson House was built in 1850 as the home of David Hudson. He was a member of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma, which led to California’s independence from Mexico.
Amenities: Gift shop, Wine club, Picnic tables, Tours
Founded: 1876
Signature Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10–5 (Oct 23–May 29) or 10–6 (May 29–October 22)
Beringer Vineyards
2000 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

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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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