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St. Clement Vineyards

Historic Gothic-Victorian Winery with Napa Valley View

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If houses could speak, the stunning Gothic-Victorian at St. Clement would have many tales to tell. It’s been home to numerous families since it was built in 1878 by Fritz and Johanna Rosenbaum, a German-born stained-glass merchant and his wife. The Rosenbaums were the first vintners on the site, crafting their Johannaberg wines in a stone cellar beneath the house.
Nearly a century later, in 1976, the home was purchased by Dr. William Casey. He built a stone winery behind the house, naming it St. Clement, and future owners kept the name. In recent years the winery was owned by Japanese brewer Sapporo, but now belongs to a division of the Australian-based Foster’s Group.
Expect a fairly steep walk from your car to the wood-framed St. Clement house, which is perched on a hillside (passengers can be dropped off at the house but parking is at the base of the hill).
Inside is a gift shop and a small tasting room, where you’ll be able to pick from an assortment of tastings (cheese or chocolate pairings can be added). You can take your tasting out to the patio, or onto the wraparound porch with its swinging bench and fabulous views of Napa Valley and the surrounding hills. The stone winery building is also available for tastings. Boxed lunches are available.

Fascinating Fact:

St. Clement’s signature wine, Oroppas, is “Sapporo” spelled backwards.
Amenities: Gift shop, Picnic area, Pairings, Tours (by appointment), Wine clubs
Founded: 1976
Signature Wines: Oroppas (Cabernet blend), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed.
Hours: Daily, 10–5
St. Clement Vineyards
2867 St. Helena Highway North
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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