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Fourth Oldest Operating Winery in Napa Valley
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Jean Laurent, an immigrant from France’s Bordeaux wine region, started a winery of his own in 1874 near Calistoga. Five years later he erected a 6,000-square-foot stone winery in what is now St. Helena, eventually becoming one of the state’s largest wine producers. After his death in 1890, the winery changed hands many times, ending up as a winery cooperative.
The winery was purchased in 1978 by Bruce Markham, who vastly improved wine quality over the next decade. Today, owned by the Mercian Corporation, Markham produces award-winning wines. It’s the fourth oldest still-operating winery in Napa Valley.
As you make your way to the winery you’ll pass splendid fountains, koi ponds, and beds of white roses. The beautiful 19th-century stone winery now holds a chic tasting room with highly-polished wooden floors. The room is filled with paintings and sculpture, and French doors lead out to a patio.
Sample your wine while sitting around the large fireplace, or settle along the sleek and sharp-angled tasting counter. Browse the artsy gift shop, with its high-quality crafts items, and enjoy an exhibit in the art gallery.
Markham Vineyards awards two $25,000 grants each year to individuals or organizations in the U. S. committed to the betterment of their neighborhoods, cities or towns.
Amenities: Art gallery, Gift shop, Wine Club, Tours (appointment only)