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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 Visitors5 Star Average Rating
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Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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Carol B. Member Since 7/12/2017
Reserve Lunch on 9/08/17 12:00 PM

Luncheon was absolutely delicious as were the wines!

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First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lauren H. Member Since 11/17/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 7/22/17 2:30 PM

Although the tasting room was full, we received amazing service.

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Gina D. Member Since 6/6/2017
Large Group Private Tasting on 7/04/17 10:00 AM

I had the best time here. The estate and staff was fabulous, and of course, the winecwas beyond compare. I can't wait to go back.

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John G. Member Since 6/2/2017
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 6/17/17 1:00 PM

Love Franciscan, from the great wine to the wonderful setting and the very knowledgeable staff.

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Martha R. Member Since 6/2/2017
Reserve Wine Flight on 6/04/17 11:00 AM

We had an awesome host, Lois, who treated us like VIPs. Arriving to our reservation, she first wanted to know what our preferences were and where we were from so she could "tailor the wines to our liking." She gave us an awesome tour of the barrel warehouse, the tank farm, and the elegant meeting spaces reserved for WC members. Her knowledge & charm enhanced the tasting experience for us.

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Traci T. Member Since 5/24/2015
Reserve Wine Flight on 6/10/17 1:30 PM

Unfortunately this place is not what it used to be. Seems to be catering to millennials who know nothing about wine and don't care about customer service but are willing to pay $40 for a private tasting. The wines thankfully (except for Prisoner) are still my favorite.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Russell R. Member Since 5/2/2017
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 5/27/17 11:00 AM

"Jo" was great. Really knew the wines, and was willing to share her likes/dislikes. She made us very comfortable. The wines were of course fantastic. We will return again and again.

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Joy V. Member Since 5/17/2017
Large Group Private Tasting on 5/21/17 1:00 PM

Franciscan estate provided us with a wonderful experience immediately upon arrival.

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Kathleen P. Member Since 3/17/2017
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 5/18/17 2:00 PM

This visit was a HUGE disappointment. I wasn't interested in Franciscan wines but had to go there in order to taste the Mount Veeder flight. NO ONE greeted us. When I finally got the attention of the "host" I explained that I had a reservation -he had no idea what I was talking about and said "we don't get many cellarpass reservations" He was uniformed about the wine. Nothing special here

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Adam E. Member Since 4/19/2017
Reserve Wine Flight on 4/20/17 11:00 AM

The bar feel is fun and the wines speak for themselves. We enjoyed our tasting with their cheese and chorizo plate. It was fantastic with the wine! I wish I could have brought some cheese home with us along with the three bottles we bought. Definitely will come back here on my next trip!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Kathy R. Member Since 4/4/2017
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 4/06/17 3:00 PM

Wonderful time enjoyed our host he made it a great experience

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Dr John A. Member Since 3/17/2017
Reserve Wine Flight on 3/21/17 10:30 AM

non-engaging service

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Lisa C. Member Since 11/21/2014
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 3/11/17 3:00 PM

Our instructor Mario was very uninformative. The price of this class was OK until we took it then I wouldn't have paid a $1. He absolutely just sat there & told us to drink and taste and write down what we found there was no teaching at all involved in each varietal that was provided there was no guidance no leadership no nothing. Our Group of 7 said it was the worst tour/class theyd ever had!!

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Tom and Sue H. Member Since 9/14/2013
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 3/03/17 1:00 PM

The entire experience was magical. The luncheon was amazing and of course the wines paired with the lunch were exquisite.

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Amelia O. Member Since 2/17/2017
Large Group Private Tasting on 2/25/17 3:00 PM

Red was amazing!!! Thank you!! Loved the Barrel tasting!

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Charles T. Member Since 1/29/2017
Reserve Lunch on 2/10/17 12:00 PM

Great lunch w/ wine pairing. Met chef

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Lauren H. Member Since 11/17/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 2/04/17 2:00 PM

A group of five of us had a private tasting with Jo. We tasted through several red wines and purchased cheese trays.

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Teresa F. Member Since 2/3/2017
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 2/04/17 2:00 PM

Nice!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Brad H. Member Since 12/30/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 1/31/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful venue, friendly & knowledgeable staff. The blend was fun and a good wine experience.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Alan F. Member Since 12/5/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 1/19/17 11:00 AM

Small but elegant. Absolutely the best wine tasting and tour ever! Small production, but huge on relationship, friendliness, and great wines and spirits. Highlight of our trip to Napa. Great folks. Loved Luke!

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Brian K. Member Since 11/17/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 11/23/16 10:00 AM

Excellent private tasting experience! The facilities and wine were outstanding! Our host Drew made the experience extra special with his friendliness and deep knowledge of the wine and the region. Very happy customers and would definitely recommend Franciscan Vineyards!

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Helen H. Member Since 8/10/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 11/08/16 11:30 AM

Not enough staff available for tastings. We had a reserved tasting yet shared the one staff person with 4 other groups. All our other tastings were enjoyed at a table relaxing with friends, at Franciscan we stood at a counter the entire tasting. History of wines and vineyards was minimal. We were disappointed at best.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Ted L. Member Since 8/8/2016
Personalized Private Wine Tasting on 9/23/16 12:00 PM

The cellarpass tour was fantastic! From touring the winery to tasting the different grapes right off the vine, it was a great experience! We loved learning the history behind Franciscan and the samples were great! I would definitely recommend to anyone!

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Mike C. Member Since 9/12/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 10/02/16 3:00 PM

we arrived at the estate and enjoyed the tasting greatly. We were also able to walk around the grounds and take some beautiful pictures.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Gina T. Member Since 10/15/2016
Mount Veeder Winery Wine Flight on 10/22/16 2:30 PM

Staff was very friendly but because they were so busy our group felt very ignored, even when the crowd died down. No greeting upon arrival or hostess. On the website it seemed like there would be artisanal snack plates for purchase but there was only one which was very minimal. Wine descriptions were brief/unexciting. Overall it is a beautiful Estate but the experience was very impersonal.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Lisa B. Member Since 10/8/2016
Reserve Lunch on 10/21/16 12:00 PM

I would recommend the luncheon with wine pairing to everyone! It was a 5 star experience from the minute we walked onto the Franciscan Estate. Absolutely beautiful setting, bar, courtyard and dining. The food was amazing and the service top notch.

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Ron M. Member Since 9/11/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 9/24/16 10:30 AM

The hostess was incredible and the ambiance was great. Even though the tasting room is large, our tasting was very intimate and personal.

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Nina B. Member Since 7/9/2016
Reserve Lunch on 9/16/16 12:00 PM

The grounds are beautiful. The tasting room had character and the outdoor patio was quaint and inviting. Our 3 course lunch pairing was delicious. The chef did a wonderful job and we loved the wines, especially the reserve. I loved our private room that we enjoyed lunch in.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Marjie M. Member Since 9/12/2016
Reserve Lunch on 9/16/16 12:00 PM

We had the Friday lunch with wine paring and was very pleased and impressed - the food and wine were first-rate. We enjoyed the company of those that dined with us and the wine and food expert that also dined with us to explain the various dishes and how the wine was selected for each. We were amazed with the chef and how involved meal preparation was. The Franciscan winesvare a definite 5+.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ellen C. Member Since 9/2/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/14/16 3:00 PM

Lois greeted us warmly and gave us a vineyard tour before our Wine Blending seminar began. The seminar was set in a lovely private room. Lois explained the basic principles of blending and encouraged us to experiment with the 5 wines available. Her guidance and expertise put us at ease. We learned a great deal about recognizing nuances in flavor and smell. We enjoyed tasting, too, of course!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Suzanne R. Member Since 7/23/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 8/23/16 3:00 PM

Had so much fun in the blending class. Perfect first winery to learn a lot and get a good base prior to visiting other wineries.

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Rick M. Member Since 8/9/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/07/16 3:00 PM

Had a very enjoyable time with our host, Lois, and another couple who were part of the seminar. We started in the vineyard, tasted different grapes and then moved to the tasting and blending portion of the event. It was very informative and very fun. We highly recommend it! -Rick & Natalie

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Christopher G. Member Since 7/28/2016
Magnificat Blending Seminar on 9/04/16 3:00 PM

Blending our own Bordeaux style wine was a blast. Loved the wine and warm knowledgable Guide.

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Regan L. Member Since 5/24/2016
Reserve Wine Flight on 8/12/16 11:00 AM

We had a wonderful time at Franciscan Estate Winery. We had a great experience with our host, Sue. The property is wonderful and the tasting room/gift shop/wine library are top notch. Cant forget the wine......they were all wonderful.....we are now wine club members. Thanks for a great tasting experience.

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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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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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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