In 1968, Eugene and Catherine Trefethen purchased seven farms surrounding a magnificent, but run-down, 19th-century winery in southern Napa Valley and created Trefethen Family Vineyards. The couple’s intention was to sell all their grapes, but their son John had other ideas. In 1973, aided by his new bride Janet, John produced Trefethen Vineyards’ first commercial wine. Just three years later, the winery’s 1976 Chardonnay earned “Best Chardonnay in the World” honors at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris.
True to the family’s vision of creating an acclaimed wine estate, they have never purchased outside grapes and are leaders in sustainable winegrowing. Today, the Trefethen family’s third generation, Loren and Hailey, assist their parents in continuing the family tradition of passion for the land, its people, and the art of crafting exceptional Napa Valley wines.
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One of Napa’s classic wine estates, Trefethen is still a hidden gem. Easy to find, but only if you’re looking, our entry is on Oak Knoll Avenue, tucked away from the crowds of Highway 29. The driveway John Trefethen used to land his plane on runs through the middle of our vineyard, over the ground we have tended for over 45 years.
For the first time in our history, the Trefethen family is welcoming winery guests into the residence of founders, Gene and Katie Trefethen. Antique gates give way to quaint and private garden pathways leading to the grand Craftsman style manor – The Villa. Filled with stunning woodwork from the early 1900s, the Villa is surrounded by Katie’s treasured private gardens and offers a variety of tasting experiences in the salon, sunroom and deck.
Guests are welcomed by appointment until the restoration of our beloved Historic Winery building is complete in early 2017.
Trefethen welcomes guests by appointment.
For Reservations/Information Call 866-895-7696
At this time, we are not able to accommodate children
Wine clubs are a great way to stay connected to your favorite wineries.
To join the wine club, visit www.trefethen.com or call 707-255-7700.
Become a member of the Trefethen family by joining one or more of our wine clubs. Club Trefethen, Grateful Red and our HāLo Circle members are our VIP customers with preferred access to new releases, limited-production wines, member's only events and concierge services. Members receive a complimentary tour of the winery with prior arrangement and/or complimentary tastings for up to four guests of any four wines from our daily tasting menu. (Seated tastings are available for an additional fee) HāLo Circle members receive our most rare and coveted wines, vertical collections, and have first crack at limited-attendance events.
The offer listed below is valid for all Napa Valley residents age 21 and over.
Napa neighbors are welcome Monday - Friday by appointment only. We offer 2 for 1 tastings for residents and their guests! For reservations, call us at 866-895-7696.
The Napa Green program is supported by a wide variety of groups including the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the University of California. The Napa Valley Vintners, along with Fish Friendly Farming, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Napa County Farm Bureau and others developed the Napa Green program. Learn more about the program at napagreen.org.
Trefethen Family Vineyards is certified under the Napa Green Winery Program by the Napa County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Green Business Program and completed all the regulatory components needed for environmental sustainability. These components included developing water and energy conservation methods, preventing pollution, and reducing solid waste. In addition to developing sustainable winery practices, this program is set to become the standard for the state of California.
Trefethen Family Vineyards is certified under the Napa Green Certified Land Program. Trefethen Family Vineyards has created and implemented a customized farm plan with measured results that addressed all aspects of its property, vineyard land as well as non-farmed land, including practicing soil conservation, water conservation, stable drainage, riparian corridor enhancement, fisheries and wildlife habitat enhancement and long-term improvement and sustainability.
Certification - certification is granted by the Napa County Agricultural Commissioners Office of Pesticide Regulation, the Regional Water Quality Control board, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Once a year the rarest new Napa Valley wines become available under one roof at Premiere Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the Napa Valley are given one task to participate: create a one-of-a-kind wine for this event to be purchased by one lucky bidder. This event is only open to select members of the wine trade and the successful bidder is the sole owner of this unique wine.
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date: October - 2017
Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
To purchase this wine or check on availability contact:
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