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Sutter Home

St. Helena Winery That Introduced White Zinfandel

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Sutter Home dates back to 1874, when Swiss-German immigrant John Thomann founded a winery and distillery on the property.
The winery was later sold to the Leunberger family, who named it “Sutter Home.”
The winery was abandoned during prohibition, but in 1948 it was purchased by two Italian immigrant brothers, John and Mario Trinchero. Today their descendants sell wine under twenty different labels, including Folie à Deux, Napa Cellars, Newman’s Own, and Sutter Home—the nation’s 6th largest winery.
The winery and tasting room are bordered by beautiful gardens filled with roses and palm trees. The original Victorian house built by Thomann still stands, but is not open to the public (it holds winery offices).
The spacious tasting facility features a long, roomy bar, and you’ll also find a well-stocked gift shop; be sure to check out the second tasting room, adorned with photographs of old Napa Valley.
Sutter Home wines are not complex and many tend to be sweet, but they are very approachable and offer outstanding value.

Fascinating Fact:

Sutter Home is the winery that introduced White Zinfandel to the world in the 1970s. Sweet and pink-colored, the wine became an overnight sensation and has made a fortune for the winery.
Amenities: Complimentary tastings, Self-guided tours, Gift shop, Picnic sites
Founded: 1948
Signature Wines: White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Wine Tasting: No appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10–5
Sutter Home
277 St. Helena Highway South
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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