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Napa Valley, United Estates
1178 Galleron Road at Highway 29 St. Helena, CA.
Napa Valley, United States.
Tel: + 1-866-832-6365

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    For over 35 years there has been a select group of winemakers in the Napa Valley who have been pioneering the craft of fine winemaking. One of the founding members of this lineage established pristine vineyards in Oakville, and focused on the meticulous principles of small-lot winemaking and his unwavering pursuit to capture the supreme expression of the land. Franciscan Estate was established in 1973 and began producing wines of true character from our Oakville estate in 1975. At Franciscan Estate, we only use grapes of the highest quality worthy to bear the Franciscan Estate crest. We strive to create wines of the highest character and excellence in every vintage. This is what devotion to wines of true character is all about. It is in every bottle and embodied in our crest that has been a sign of excellence on our wines for over 20 years.


    Our home estate is located in Oakville, right in the heart of the Napa Valley. Our 240-acre parcel of prized land features loamy, gravely, well-draining soil which adds great structure to our wines. Our location in the center of the Napa Valley allows our Bordeaux varietals to enjoy the cooling marine influences while still receiving plenty of sun and heat. When you combine our location with dry-farming techniques, the vines produce smaller, concentrated fruit, which builds wine of good structure, body, and texture. This optimal blend gives our fruit the ability to maintain its vibrancy and ripen to its full potential.

    With this unique balance of terroir and climate we knew Oakville was the ideal place to start our legacy; this was confirmed in 1975 when the very first vintage of our Napa Valley Cabernet was released. The results spoke for themselves – this was a distinctive wine of character and place. It was the first vintage to be released that included fruit from the Oakville estate. This was prior to our esteemed neighbors Opus One, Swanson, Silver Oak, and Groth. Oakville had officially landed on the map as a powerhouse district for Napa Valley Reds and Franciscan Estate had helped blaze the trail to make it happen.


    Devotion to the old world crafts is artfully blended with new world vision and modern finesse to create wines of refreshing character and bold expression. Each of our handcrafted wines has distinct personality that speaks fluently in every glass. When all are savored the complete character and expression of our prized Napa Valley terroir can be experienced.

    Elegant, well-structured mouthfeel, with cherries, cassis, black pepper and vibrant plum flavors filling the palate. Very supple, with fine texture and firm structure, giving an approachable richness. The finish is a seamless continuation of fruit and cocoa-like tannins.

    Luscious and full, with rich flavors of apple tart and toasted hazelnut, along with bright notes of lemon and pear. The texture is round and creamy with generous body, while maintaining a crisp elegance and vibrancy. Complex minerality highlights a lingering finish.

    Rich, round, and full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa; generous weight on the palate and smooth, mouth-filling tannins; the finish lingers with flavors of rich cassis and black cherry.

    Bright, with pear-apple notes, citrus, and honey. Silky and round mouthfeel, with rich crème brûlée highlights and a finish of mineral and cream that lingers on the palate.

    Supple, elegant and seamless. Full flavors of dark berries, cocoa and vanilla with rich notes of earthy clove and spice. The smooth mouthfeel rounds out to a long finish.

    Clean, crisp, and refreshing, with complex layers of Meyer lemon, lime zest, and honeydew. Lively on the palate, the bright fruit is rounded by a generous body and mouthfeel. Bright citrus and mineral notes linger on the long, smooth finish.

    Honeydew, lychee, and tropical aromas intertwined with orange blossoms and citrus. Vibrant, ripe flavors of mangos, white peaches, and lime fill the palate with a long finish of jasmine and hints of honey.


    Our beautiful cascading fountain stands proudly at the entrance to our visitor center welcoming all to our tasting room. Join us for a tasting, tour, or wine seminar from our welcoming staff that is eager to give you the full Franciscan Estate experience.

    We offer a variety of tasting flights, tours, educational seminars and private tastings daily. Reservations are not required for tastings at our bar or on our shaded courtyard patio for groups less than 10. All other visits can be scheduled by clicking on the link below. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.
    The Franciscan Estate is located at 1178 Galleron Road at Highway 29 in St. Helena, CA. The visitor center is open daily from 10am until 5pm (closed on major holidays). Larger groups please call 707.967.3993 or email to plan your visit.
    Our guides are committed to providing guests with a unique and memorable wine country experience in a friendly environment. Whether it’s your first time wine tasting or you’re a seasoned collector, you will find something new to explore at Franciscan Estate.

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    We have a variety of tastings to offer, from our current releases to small production winery exclusives, you are sure to have a great experience that will suite your palate.


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