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About Franciscan Estate

Experience one of Napa Valley's earliest pioneers in modern winemaking techniques with small lot fine wines. The visitor center is open daily for walk-in wine tastings from 10am until 5pm (closed on major holidays).

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Devotion to wines of True Character
The visitor center is open daily for walk-in wine tastings from 10am until 5pm (closed on major holidays). 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.

Come see what experiences await you at Franciscan. We offer something for everyone at every level imaginable.

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 8 or less. All other visits can be scheduled by choosing from the Menu.

Larger groups please call 707-967-3993 for RSVP or 707-967-3830 for same day appointments. 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.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Big Screen TV
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Barrel Tasting
  • Blending Seminar
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Meritage
  • Merlot
  • Muscat
  • Petit Verdot
  • Port Wine
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • White Table Wine
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Gene E. Member Since 1/10/2014
Winemaker Dinner - Club RSVP on 1/23/16 6:00 PM

Jamie was great and Janet Meyer, the winemaker was as pleasant as can be.

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Ann C. Member Since 11/4/2015
Reserve Lunch on 1/08/16 12:00 PM

Very nice meal with our hist Kaylee. We were impressed with the visit with Chef Andrew. S'mores were awesome and the beef short ribs in the red pepper were outstanding.

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Christopher G. Member Since 8/21/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 12/26/15 3:30 PM

Great experience in which all Club Members should take advantage of!

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James M. Member Since 11/19/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 11/20/15 11:00 AM

Mike was awesome! He had chosen wines especially for our tastes. The wine we're fabulous as always.

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David G. Member Since 11/8/2015
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 11/13/15 1:00 PM

We had a great time, and the wines were so good we joined the club.

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Tim J. Member Since 10/14/2015
Large Group Private Tasting on 11/07/15 10:30 AM

Had a great time. No problems at all. Took care of our large group.

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Ken & patty s. Member Since 10/26/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 10/27/15 10:00 AM

Our experience was outstanding. The best place we visited in Napa. The people were great and took time to explain all the wine variations. They have the best Cabernet Sauvignon wine in Napa. We were taken on a private tour of the facility and production of wine. We were impressed with the wine and joined their club. Our wine is on its way to Florida and we can't wait to share with friends.

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Vincent D. Member Since 10/16/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 10/17/15 11:00 AM

Outsanding hosptality of my VIP guests from Singapore. Many thanks!!!

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Charles K. Member Since 8/7/2015
Large Group Private Tasting on 10/16/15 3:30 PM

Our host was Steve and he was awesome! We were treated to a special tasting in the private room, which was completely unexpected. We had a wonderful time and loved the wines. It was the perfect ending to a day in Napa!!

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Dale H. Member Since 7/13/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/16/15 3:30 PM

We took the blending class and it was fantastic. We learned a lot at every one of the 10 wineries we visited and this put a lot of thngs together for us. There were 7 of us and we alla greed this was one of the highlights of our three day vist to Napa.

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Michelle N. Member Since 10/10/2014
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - Club Member Tickets on 10/10/15 2:00 PM

we had a good time, wine and food pairings were good

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Shari P. Member Since 9/5/2015
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - General Admission on 10/10/15 2:00 PM

The winery was lovely. People working there were very friendly. Very nice outdoor areas to have a glass of wine.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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K S. Member Since 9/13/2015
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - Club Member Tickets on 10/10/15 2:00 PM

Music and Ambience was good. The food ok; The reserve wines for tasting was about a bit above average. The biggest let down was symbolic grape stomp. It would be better to have limited the crowd (smaller setting) for the price.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Ted B. Member Since 9/14/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 10/07/15 12:00 PM

what a special visit to a awesome place - hospitality was off the chart

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Debbie S. Member Since 4/13/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/07/15 3:30 PM

Enjoyed the blending experience and tasting the different grape varietals in the vineyard. Greeting upon arrival to the tasting room was sub-par. Not clear direction on what we should do.

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Haley M. Member Since 9/4/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/13/15 3:30 PM

The estate itself is beautiful. We walked in early and told them we were there for the blending experience and they gave us a glass of wine and said the person running the blending experience would be there, they kept asking us if we needed anything, it was great! I don't normally care much for red wines, but I left with a better taste for them and a better appreciation for the different varietals

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irene i. Member Since 8/31/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 9/08/15 12:30 PM

It was a great experience. the wine was wonderful, as was the staff on the property

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Michael K. Member Since 9/1/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/11/15 3:30 PM

We weren't exactly sure what to expect with this experience. However, for myself, who is a chemist and have blended different raw materials (in another industry), this was right up my alley. Taking the best that each different wine type had to offer and blending them to make one wine was perfect for me. The only thing that was missing, was more time to experiment.

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Wendy L. Member Since 8/20/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 8/28/15 12:00 PM

From the moment we entered the tasting room we were greated and made to feel welcome. We were offered a tasting as we waited for the second half of our group to arrive for our reserved tasting experience. This was our second visit within the last 12 months and we highly recommend a visit to this winery.

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Melissa P. Member Since 8/24/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 8/27/15 3:30 PM

The blending experience was amazing.

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Julieta G. Member Since 8/22/2015
Patio Tasting on 8/29/15 12:30 PM

Our Host, she was excellent! We were also running behind in our appointment and they were still able to accommodate our large group.

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Michael S. Member Since 9/4/2015
Sense of Terroir on 9/06/15 10:00 AM

Received a very personal tour of the vineyard, grapes, and learned a great deal about the region, soils, climate, costs, and so much more. Very much enjoyed smelling the jars of dirt next to the wine from that area. Highly recommended!

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Sharon C. Member Since 8/16/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 8/17/15 3:30 PM

Becky was great and provided great information about the wine. She created a great experience for us!

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Denis R. Member Since 2/25/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 7/31/15 1:00 PM

Great winery with great service! Was part of a picture perfect day and would highly recommend to others.

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Pam & Heath R. Member Since 6/28/2015
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/25/15 2:00 PM

It was a well organized event.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Linn T. Member Since 7/3/2015
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/25/15 2:00 PM

Wonderful time, terrific wines, great staff.

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Barry H. Member Since 7/18/2015
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/25/15 2:00 PM

This is an elegant and fun place to visit. The staff is always friendly, cheerful and helpful. It feels like home and everytime we visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jill J. Member Since 7/11/2015
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/25/15 2:00 PM

It was a lovely day to be out under the trees on the property and have the wine flights with our guests. Beautifully done!!!!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Amy F. Member Since 6/4/2015
Large Group Private Tasting on 6/11/15 3:00 PM

When I booked this Tasting I was told it was a tour and not a Tasting. I mentioned that we have several pregnant woman in our group and that they would not be tasting so I wanted to deduct them from the total of our group. I was told that they couldn't participate in the tour if we didn't pay for them. Since there is no tour I felt tricked into paying for them.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Brian J. Member Since 5/29/2015
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 6/07/15 11:00 AM

Everything at Franciscan Estate was perfect from the grounds, the wine, and our host Danny Giglio whom everyone loved. As an employee of CBI I was able to introduce Franciscan and Mt. Veeder wines to my guests who also made purchases and notated the brands on their wines to purchase in the future.

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Igor S. Member Since 5/7/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 5/20/15 3:30 PM

excellent primer on wine blending, with some educational background provided as well. Our winemaker, Fred, seemed very knowledgeable and hospitable.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Thomas and Linda B. Member Since 4/8/2014
Mount Veeder Party-The Reserve is Back! Wine Club on 5/02/15 2:00 PM

Everyone at Franciscan is so friendly!! The Mt. Veeder party is one party we book our trip around every year. We always have a great time and their wines are delicious! Looking forward to next hear!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Andrea P. Member Since 3/4/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 3/31/15 1:00 PM

The tasting room was full of light and the bar was roomy.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Mannie A. Member Since 3/20/2015
Large Group Private Tasting on 3/28/15 1:00 PM

I came to a private tasting with a group of 25 and we had a great time. The venue was very accommodating and the tasting was fun and informative.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Mark D. Member Since 2/17/2015
Large Group Private Tasting on 2/26/15 12:00 PM

It was wonderful! We were treated so well and it was a beautiful tasting room!! The tour was very informative and it seemed like it was very intentionally made to look and be special. Thank you very much!

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James R. Member Since 3/20/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 3/21/15 3:00 PM

I consider myself very intermediate when it comes to wine tasting, and went in with 2 very novice guests. The blending was incredible, eye-opening, and a great way to impress my partner and friends who just don't understand my passion for wine. Very fun! Highly recommend!!!

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michelle j. Member Since 3/6/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 3/13/15 1:00 PM

very knowledgeable about the wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Gary B. Member Since 3/9/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 3/15/15 10:00 AM

Tried several wines, tasting was good. Joined the Franciscan wine club on the day, and received shipment of a couple of cases to Texas for a penny!!! Good deal.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Christopher S. Member Since 1/8/2015
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 1/28/15 3:30 PM

The Blending Seminar at Franciscan was an incredible experience! Fred, who lead the seminar, was extremely knowledgeable and taught us so much more about wine in general, and also the art of smelling, tasting, and blending. Franciscan Estate also had a beautiful winery, and was a great place to visit. I highly suggest this unique experience to anyone who enjoys the great Bordeaux grapes and wines.

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Kelly Z. Member Since 1/6/2015
Reserve Lunch on 1/16/15 12:00 PM

We were greeted by our wine educator Laura who was fantastic. It was a great lunch and tour. Laura was very knowledgble and answered all of our questions without hestitation. It was an informative tour and actually showed us the wine making process which was a welcomed change from other winery tours that talk about the history more than the wine. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

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Amanda K. Member Since 11/10/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 11/29/14 11:00 AM

My friend and I very much enjoyed our experience! Laura was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had lots of information about the wines, as well as the winery. It was also so nice to sit and talk with her during the tasting. Overall, great experience!!

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Mary K. Member Since 4/10/2014
Large Group Private Tasting on 11/22/14 11:00 AM

hospitality waswonderful, Friendly hostess and great wines. Had a great time and was proud to share my favorite wines with my friends at Franciscan!!

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Damon C. Member Since 10/7/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 11/15/14 1:00 PM

Great staff and great wine! The private tasting was fantastic! Favorite of the trip.

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Ben F. Member Since 10/27/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 11/06/14 3:30 PM

We went for the Blending class to create your own Meritage blends. Fred is the instructor. We learned more about the different berries (grapes) and the wine that they produce in an hour than in years of reading reviews. After the class, I'm tasting more Merlots from the Napa Valley. They are totally different than the others I've had. Delicious!

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Pamela Z. Member Since 10/13/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/26/14 3:30 PM

We were welcomed by Laura who gave us an amazing presentation of how wine is blended to create a wine that is suited to individual palettes. We learned how to taste, blend and enjoy the process. We now know so much more about the wines we drink and why we like them.

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Kim J. Member Since 10/24/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/28/14 3:30 PM

The blending seminar was a rewarding and educational experience that gives perspective on the winemakers job and a better insight into the Bordeaux varietals and and the Meritage style.

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Michael N. Member Since 2/21/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/27/14 3:30 PM

Service was wonderfully attentive and educational. Unfortunately the wine we used to create our blends was less than stellar. While the six of us enjoyed the blending experience, nobody in the group enjoyed the taste of the six wines and nobody bought any wine to go. 5* service -----5* experience -----1* wine taste

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Susan M. Member Since 10/21/2014
Mount Veeder Winery Tasting on 10/25/14 12:00 PM

I was with a group of 6, had an appointment for the Mt Veeder tasting, it took some time for anyone at the bar to acknowledge our presence. Long story short, we sat outside but had to come back in to get the remainder of our tastings and when it came time to buy (our group spent apx $900.00) it took about 45min for the gentleman to put our info in their system. NOT HAPPY! Wine is good/bad service!

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Salvador P. Member Since 9/16/2014
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - Club Member Tickets on 10/11/14 2:00 PM

It was a great event. It was very festive and the band was great.

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Patrick L. Member Since 7/20/2014
Franciscan Harvest Party -Club- Grape Stomp! on 10/11/14 2:00 PM

The estate is beautiful and the staff is always very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the bus trip to the Oakville vineyard and the staff that entertained us on that experience. The food and wine tasting were excellent.

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John G. Member Since 10/10/2014
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - Club Member Tickets on 10/11/14 2:00 PM

A very nice and relaxing visit with an opportunity to taste some excellent wines. The wine selection was outstanding. The food served was also excellent, and plentiful with a nice variety. The grounds are beautiful and all in all it was a very nice afternoon.

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Christopher M. Member Since 9/26/2014
Harvest Party Grape Stomp! - Club Member Tickets on 10/11/14 2:00 PM

Loved it! Traveled from Illinois and the welcome was great. Grape stomp was fun. Good food. Great wine tasting. Nice staff.

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douglas k. Member Since 8/28/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/09/14 3:30 PM

Nice winery. Employees at the counter we not very helpful.

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Kathy F. Member Since 9/1/2014
Mount Veeder Winery Tasting on 10/05/14 3:00 PM

Was not impressed with the service compared to other wineries.

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William E. Member Since 9/2/2014
Large Group Private Tasting on 9/20/14 3:30 PM

Beautiful winery. Our hosts talked a bit fast for us to understand her. However she was very sweet and knowledgeable about the wines. As this was our 3rd winery visit for the day, I made the mistake of not ordering cheese plates with our tasting. The Cabs were a bit too dry without this. The cabs were good with out food. They probably would have been great with some kind of food pairing

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Gustavo T. Member Since 8/29/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/12/14 3:30 PM

Fred was our host for the "Magnificat Blending Seminar" and he was terrific: he is very patient and explain us a lot about wine: the different types and how to taste, then we went through the blending experience that was very, very good.

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Brian M. Member Since 9/8/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 9/10/14 11:30 AM

We walked in the tasting room where Fred directed us into the library. There was a private room waiting for us. The room was warm, inviting, and was setup so we could taste and enjoy each other's company.

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Melanie F. Member Since 7/15/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 8/31/14 10:00 AM

Franciscan Estate is a very nice place, but the tasting fee is $50.00 per person and they do not waive it even after puchasing a case of their wine. This is one of the most expensive tasting fees in the Valley and at that price, if you purchase any of their wine, the fee should be waived like oall the other high end vineyards! I will not go back there and will not recommend it to my friends!

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Michael V. Member Since 8/25/2014
Reserve Tasting on 8/29/14 1:00 PM

Very pleasant setting. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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Doug G. Member Since 7/19/2014
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/26/14 2:00 PM

Staff is always friendly and accommodating. The event was first class as always and worth the drive from East Bay. The food and wine were superb. I look forward to attending the next one.

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Lauren K. Member Since 11/21/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 8/15/14 3:00 PM

This is the second time we've done the Blending Seminar at Franciscan. We loved it the first time and brought friends back for a second go. Our host, Dave, is very knowledgeable and a great guide. We visit wine country often, and this is one of the best experiences in Napa.

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Laurie U. Member Since 6/23/2014
Patio Tasting on 7/27/14 1:00 PM

We were impressed by the setting and were looking forward to a good experience. Unfortunately, we barely had any interaction with the staff. None of the wines offered were really explained and other than the one or two times we recieved a pour no one checked in with us. Definitely would not be recommending the Franciscan to my Corporation for future events.

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sandi m. Member Since 7/14/2014
Magnificat Party – Club Member Tickets on 7/26/14 2:00 PM

it was very nice, the food went well with the wine

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First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
John Q. Member Since 5/14/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 7/13/14 10:00 AM

As members of the wine club we choose the Private Tasting Experience to share with our traveling companions. Laura was the best hostess and opened a special bottle of 2005 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet. She was extremely knowledgeable and catered to our every whim. The wines never disappoint and we will continue to stock our cellar.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
DAVID K. Member Since 6/18/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 7/11/14 3:00 PM

I am a huge fan of Fraciscan wine, especially their Magnificant and we thought it would be fun to make our own Magnificant.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mark H. Member Since 7/3/2014
Reserve Tasting on 7/11/14 12:30 PM

Nice drive a great courtyard setting. Walked in through the main door and a few couples were tasting samples with the usual aplomb. We asked for a tasting and although I gave my name there was NO reference to the booking made online - so maybe it does not count? The man serving offered a rose then a selection of dry tanniny reds (merlot & Cabs of different elevation), the last being the nicest.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
alfred g. Member Since 3/17/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 5/25/14 12:00 PM

The private tasting was exceptional. There was no limit on quantity and the quality was very good. Not very commercial, but if you are there for serious wine tasting, it is worth it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Tara A. Member Since 5/11/2014
Patio Tasting on 5/24/14 1:30 PM

I had an awesome experience, our tasting room server Laura did an amazing job and answered any questions me and my group had about the wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Mary M. Member Since 6/9/2014
Reserve Tasting on 6/28/14 1:30 PM

Enjoyed the tasting

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Vince P. Member Since 2/14/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 5/06/14 12:00 PM

It was awesome as always, I have been a member for years and have never regretted it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Maryrita S. Member Since 4/21/2014
Mount Veeder Winery Tasting on 5/06/14 2:00 PM

It was a fantastic experance

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mark F. Member Since 6/6/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 6/07/14 12:00 PM

Simply a wonderful experience. It's my favorite winery in the valley and such a relaxed atmosphere. The staff is always so cool and fun, really enjoyable.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jonathan R. Member Since 6/3/2014
Patio Tasting on 6/14/14 1:00 PM

Excited to visit Franciscan, but upon arriving, noted that we called to change a reservation, but were charged for the full reservation and told reservations are made through Cellar Pass and the sommeliers could not help. In addition, wines were nothing special generally speaking. For the value, not worth it.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hannah M. Member Since 5/20/2014
Reserve Lunch on 6/20/14 12:00 PM

We had a lovely visit at Franciscan. Laura was a wonderful host- she was kind, welcoming, and very educational. The food at our lunch was amazing and the hospitality of the entire staff was exceptional. Great experience- we will definitely return on our next trip!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Richard C. Member Since 3/7/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 3/22/14 3:00 PM

Excellent experience -- host was very congenial and knowledgeable

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Joseph G. Member Since 3/15/2014
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 3/22/14 3:00 PM

In every way, the elegant but casual experience that can be expected from Franciscan Estates and its capable, courteous staff. The atmosphere was relaxed and unhurried and Steve (I believe that was his name) made the event memorable for us and for my son and his girl friend. The wines were, of course, excellent.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Joan P. Member Since 2/16/2014
Mount Veeder Winery Tasting on 3/20/14 3:00 PM

Way too commercial and way to expensive for what we received!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Linda W. Member Since 11/22/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 11/23/13 3:00 PM

VERY DISAPPOINTING- We signed up and paid for a 1 hour Wine Blending Experience class and after 35-40 mins we were told we need to go (get out of the room) now because they had a dinner party and party were arriving. That was very rude to the 6 of us in the class, we should have been refunded or re-scheduled for a different day.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Christine M. Member Since 11/12/2013
Sensory Seminar on 12/04/13 11:00 AM

The Sensory Seminar was extremely educational and fun! Todd was outstanding! It was eye-opening, and very detailed. I would highly recommend this experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Lester S. Member Since 11/21/2013
Mount Veeder Winery Tasting on 11/23/13 3:30 PM

We had a great experience.The lady conducting the tasting was very knowledgeable and if she was not sure of an answer, she would go and get it. We had the Mt. Veeder tasting and I am very fond of that wine. Thank you very much and if you could send me the name of our host, I would like to write her a personal note.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Michelle R. Member Since 9/10/2013
Reserve Tasting on 9/30/13 10:00 AM

Winery is beautiful. Wine is outstanding!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mike K. Member Since 5/18/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/12/13 3:00 PM

The wine blending was great. Fred was very hospitable, and knowledgeable, and made us feel right at home. Our friends really enjoyed the occasion.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Michael Z. Member Since 9/25/2013
Sensory Seminar on 10/08/13 11:00 AM

Great seminar with very surprising results! Our host was outstanding!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Karen Y. Member Since 9/27/2013
Reserve Tasting on 10/09/13 1:00 PM

The staff was friendly and the picnic grounds were clean. We had 2 servers for the tasting and the last guy made the day nice by bringing out different wines and allowing me to re-taste my favorites.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Cindy F. Member Since 9/19/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/12/13 3:00 PM

The class was excellent. The tasting room was a bit disjointed and disorganized. The tasting suffered because of that.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Craig D. Member Since 9/12/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/15/13 3:00 PM

The staff was extremely friendly and hospitable. We felt like long time friends when we checked in and participated in the class. Staff was knowledgeable and eager to assist. Follow up on our order was prompt and all calls were returned same day. I look forward to visiting again.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jill K. Member Since 9/23/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/06/13 3:00 PM

When we first arrived, we felt unwelcome since we were too early for our seminar. We acknowledged we were early. We went to the patio area to enjoy our wine but were asked to relocate to another side. However after we moved and finished our wine, we went back in and met some nice club members and they let us be our guests to join them in wine tastings prior to our blending seminar start.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hannah H. Member Since 9/14/2013
Reserve Tasting on 9/20/13 4:00 PM

Terrific - we had a great time and the staff looked after us admirably.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Don R. Member Since 9/12/2013
Harvest Party - Grape Stomp! on 10/05/13 2:00 PM

Great day at a beautiful venue

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Christine S. Member Since 9/10/2013
Personalized Private Wine Experience on 9/13/13 10:00 AM

We had a private tasting of their estate wines in a beautiful paneled room, just my husband and I and a person from the winery.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jason H. Member Since 9/2/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 10/12/13 3:00 PM

We really enjoyed ourselves at the blending. Fred was very knowledgable and a lot of fun.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Joe C. Member Since 8/25/2013
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/22/13 3:00 PM

Great experience. A lot of fun.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5