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Prager Winery & Port Works

Small Winery in St. Helena with a Focus on Port

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Born and raised in California’s Orange County, Jim Prager set out to be a veterinarian, but ended up in the insurance industry.
In 1974 he began making his own wine, joined local wine societies, and took his first trip to Napa Valley.
He and his wife, Imogene, fell in love with the area and began dreaming about starting a winery. Dreams became reality when, in 1979, they founded Prager Winery and carried out their first crush. Today the second generation of Pragers handles the winery’s day-to-day operations.
If you visit Prager, be prepared for one of Napa Valley’s unique experiences.
The tiny tasting room is nestled into an old barn and surrounded by a small, pretty garden. After you walk through a barrel storage area you’ll reach a room where every square inch of wall and most of the ceiling is festooned with paper money from around the world.
The room’s one small window is plastered with cobwebs that have built up, unmolested, since 1978 (Prager-ites call it “the web site”). You’ll often find family members behind the counter pouring the wine.

Fascinating Fact:

Prager does produce still wines, but the focus here is on Port and late harvest “dessert” wines.
Amenities: Picnic area, Port club, Gift shop
Founded: 1979
Signature Wines: Tomas Port, Tawny Port, Aria White Port, Petite Sirah
Wine Tasting: Appointments not needed (but suggested)
Hours: Daily, 10:30–4:30
Prager Winery & Port Works
1281 Lewelling Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
707-963-7678
email: ahport@pragerport.com
website: www.pragerport.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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