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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 for groups less than 8 (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 for groups less than 8 (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
  • Art on Display
  • Big Screen TV
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Food Service
  • Hand-crafted
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • 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
  • Petite Sirah
  • 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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Leighann H. Member Since 5/12/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 8/22/16 10:00 AM

We had a private tasting with Steve and had a great time. Tried many of the wines we love to drink plus some we had never had before. Had a great walk in the vineyard as well as a tour of your beautiful facility. Very personable staff and we truly enjoyed our visit. Steve did a great job of explaining the history and answering many questions. Hope to see you next year as well!

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Michael L. Member Since 7/26/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 8/07/16 11:00 AM

The property and wines are great. Our host was brand new, and although very nice was fairly inexperienced and could not answer alot of our questions. I expected a little more for the price we paid.

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Mark P. Member Since 6/18/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 7/26/16 3:00 PM

unique tasting and mixture experience

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Erika S. Member Since 7/15/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 7/23/16 3:00 PM

Reserved and could not get ahold of them at all when I called, even left a voicemail and never got a call back.

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Betty Z. Member Since 7/11/2011
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 7/14/16 3:00 PM

The wine blending experience was excellent! This was the third time in 11 years that we did it (we have brought friends twice after our first time in 2005). It is an eye-opening experience to taste each of the varietals straight and then discover how they can be blended to create a new wine. It's also a lot of fun! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves red wine.

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Ruth V. Member Since 6/26/2016
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 6/27/16 11:00 AM

Gorgeous winery with fantastic wines. Warm, welcoming folks pouring. Love, love, love this winery - joined the Club and ordered a case! Would have given 5 stars for everything, except for the fact there were only two chairs in the entire tasting room. Having recently injured my back, it made tasting much less pleasurable. Yes there were tables outside, but it was 90+ degrees.

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Doug L. Member Since 3/28/2014
Large Group Private Tasting on 6/26/16 3:00 PM

Most of the people in my group had not been to Franciscan before and they absolutely loved it! The ines were delicious and the Wine Library is an amazing space. The best part of the event was Jayme who gave our group a great time. There was one person in the group who expressed that they preferred sweeter wines so she went to get them a taste of Fountain Court and port. We will definitely be back!

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Ivonne D. Member Since 5/18/2016
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 5/22/16 12:00 PM

My experience was great, we were served right away and was even upgraded to the next tasting level because I work in the industry. It really was a pleasure and a beautiful property.

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Lynn R. Member Since 6/8/2016
Large Group Private Tasting on 6/18/16 11:30 AM

Great venue! Thank you for letting us use the wine library for our tasting!

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gail P. Member Since 5/16/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 6/01/16 3:00 PM

We had a great time - very informative!

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Vince P. Member Since 2/14/2014
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 5/16/16 12:00 PM

I have had many private tastings at Franciscan over the years. This trip we got to spend some time with Lois, she was great. Learned a few new things from her and she made us feel like family, great experience.

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Ladonna M. Member Since 2/10/2016
Large Group Private Tasting on 5/18/16 11:30 AM

It was absolutely wonderful. Mike was the best. We had a party of 12 and everyone was extremely impressed. It was a fun time for all.

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Timothy S. Member Since 5/14/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 5/19/16 3:00 PM

Had a good time learning about Bordeaux style blending!

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John R. Member Since 4/5/2016
Reserve Lunch on 4/29/16 12:00 PM

Friendly, Fun, Fantastic! My wife and I had a wonderful lunch, tour, and tasting. Beautiful facility and great staff, add some wonderful wine. It just doesn't get much better!

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David M. Member Since 7/17/2015
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 4/30/16 1:00 PM

I have been a member at Franciscan for several years and have visited many times. This time, I had some out of town visitors with us and they were interested in a "special" wine experience and our private tasting and barrel tasting certainly provided that. Thank you very much!

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Pierre C. Member Since 3/21/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 3/23/16 3:30 PM

we enjoyed the Magnificat blending session. A fantastic experience and certainly an innovative way to try the different wines in order to make a customized blend. Great host very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Amy N. Member Since 8/1/2011
Sense of Terroir on 3/13/16 11:00 AM

We had signed up for the Terrior session thinking that they also combined the sensory session. We were told Franciscan is phasing out of the sensory session...too bad, that was a fun session. The Terrior session is still good but a bit more on the serious side.

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Nancy B. Member Since 2/28/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 3/06/16 3:30 PM

We did a blending event late on a Saturday. Kaleigh was out hostess and she was perfect. Just the right amount of knowledge vs. entertainment. The facility was very inviting oh yea , the wine was good too. We had an absolute blast. Will definitely return.

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Shirley R. Member Since 2/16/2016
Large Group Private Tasting on 2/26/16 3:30 PM

Mike was our host & educator for our 2/26/16 visit. We found Mike to be knowledgeable and very accommodating. He was interested in understanding what we wanted out of our visit and did a good job keeping the lively group of 10 engaged during the tasting and tour. The tasting rooms/areas at Franciscan are beautiful (we were in the Wine Library). There is also a great gift shop on site!

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Mike A. Member Since 1/24/2016
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 2/19/16 11:00 AM

Nice tasting. We were late for our appointment but were greeted and served cordially. Very nice wines.

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Matt W. Member Since 2/17/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 2/19/16 1:00 PM

Michael was great, knowledgeable and affable. This is a happy place.

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Susan C. Member Since 2/1/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 2/12/16 3:30 PM

The welcome area is large and focused on selling. The best part of our visit were the welcoming bartender on entering the visitor center, and the young woman handling our blending tasting.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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