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About Handwritten Wines

Handwritten Wines was a dream that began years ago to craft District Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the finest fruit in Napa Valley -- to returning to a simpler time when artisans crafted and nurtured their wines without the pressure of a release date.

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Handwritten Wines is a new and different vehicle through which the founders can express their love for wine and people. Their first foray into becoming vintners was with Handwritten's successful sister winery, Jessup Cellars. Our winemaking philosophy shows a commitment to the unique terroir of California and to the potential that lies in growing Old World varieties in a decidedly New World setting. Our Winemaker has created techniques that allow the fruit to be handled more gently than ever before, slowly coaxing out the truest flavors nature has to offer. Like a writer searching for the perfect word or phrase to express an emotion, Handwritten seeks out evocative fruit that embodies the unique terroir of Napa Valley’s finest hillside and mountain vineyards. We strive to inspire a thought, a moment, a story, in each and every sip of the wines we create. Our belief in enriching lives through artistic expression extends to what we think of as our human terroir; our commitment to supporting the literary arts and to giving back to the extraordinary community by which we are surrounded. And now, with the New Year comes the next chapter in the Handwritten Wines story. Toward the end of 2014, we began our search for a more versatile space with better resources for presenting exceptional hospitality, especially when hosting special events such as our StoryTeller Series and winemaker dinners. To date, our search continues for the “just right” location. In the interim, we are hosting our Handwritten “Pop-Up” at sister winery Jessup Cellars in Yountville. We also offer a stellar catered food and wine experience that can be booked by calling Bailey Downing at (707) 944-8524! Otherwise, please book your tasting experience here at CellarPass!

features Notable Features
  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Owned
  • Food Service
  • Hand-crafted
  • Historic Building
  • Limited Production
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Private Tastings
  • Reservation Required
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Late Harvest
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sauvignon Blanc
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Paul O. Member Since 11/5/2015
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 3/31/17 3:00 PM

Upon arriving at our appt. time we were greeted warmly. A private room was set up for us and 5 wines were already waiting in the glasses. I might add that I do not drink and I was treated and spoken to just as if I were taking part in the tasting experience. My wife has tasted many "Top" Napa wines, was very impressed with each one. Very relaxing and never feeling rushed I would highly recommend.

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Daryl S. Member Since 10/15/2011
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 1/28/17 1:00 PM

Just a great experience. Everything was set up and wIring. Guest card was an amazing touch. The knowledge or Philip was just off the hook would recommend this tasting experience to one and all can't wait to take another couple

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Barbara H. Member Since 9/22/2016
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 10/19/16 3:00 PM

Wonderful personal tasting by a warm, knowledgable gentleman.

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Daniella K. Member Since 11/27/2015
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 11/29/15 11:00 AM

Amazing tasting with Leo - informative without being pretentious, incredible wines, and loved learning about them in a new and refreshing way. Best tasting I've been on.

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Jay S. Member Since 11/14/2015
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 11/14/15 3:00 PM

We had a group of five that turned to six and they were ready for us upon our arrival. We had a private tasting room with no rush whatsoever and our tasting leader was awesome. The wines all exceeded our already high expectations for the Napa Valley. If you are in Yountville, make your reservation and go here. You will not be dissapointed.

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Stephanie H. Member Since 10/13/2015
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 10/22/15 11:00 AM

AJ did our tasting, and he did an excellent job. He was knowledgeable and friendly and really made our experience amazing. We visit Napa regularly, and this was one of our favorite tastings we've done there.

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Kelly G. Member Since 8/31/2014
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 9/19/15 3:00 PM

We really enjoyed tasting Handwritten wines, and bought several bottles to add to our cellar. Leo was a great host, and we enjoyed the gallery in the winery!

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Sara N. Member Since 7/14/2015
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 8/07/15 3:00 PM

The wine was amazing and Chris was an amazing host and fun to sit with.

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Lisa C. Member Since 10/11/2012
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 7/29/15 3:00 PM

We were greeted immediately by a very friendly girl who took us back to their temporary tasting room within Jessop Cellars and introduced us to Laurel who conducted our tasting. Laurel was very friendly and engaging, the kind of personality you would expect when experiencing a winery for the first time. Handwritten has some delicious cabernets from different vineyards there in the valley. Do go!

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Philip R. Member Since 12/24/2014
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 12/27/14 10:00 AM

Very personable host. Did not feel rushed. Plenty of time to taste and discuss the wines.

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Glenn B. Member Since 11/21/2014
Handwritten Tasting Experience on 11/22/14 10:00 AM

One of the best jewels in the Napa Valley. Amazing wines, Amazing people. Erin is the best. After your hour and a half tasting it feels like only 20 minutes went by. Be prepared to want to buy everything you taste.

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Handwritten Wines
6720 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Today 5/23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 5/24 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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