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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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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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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