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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
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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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