What started as a walnut orchard in 1967 has become a unique estate winery producing some of Napa Valley’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Located between the towns of Napa and Yountville just off Highway 29, our winery and vineyards sit snugly in the middle of the Oak Knoll District. The vineyards are blessed with the mineral-rich, gravelly soil deposited over millennia by Dry Creek which borders the northern edge of our vineyards. Our close proximity to the San Pablo Bay graces the fruit with warm days and cool nights - the perfect environment for creating small lots of ultra premium wines from the distinctive soils of the Oak Knoll AVA.
Silenus, our winery’s namesake, was the mentor and companion of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Depicted in Greek mythology as a plump, jovial old man with pointed ears, thick lips and a squat little nose, Silenus is the perfect example of a man whose outward appearance belies his inner wisdom. This constant companion and tutor of Dionysus was a wise and gentle soul bestowed with profound knowledge and prophecy by the mere act of sipping his revered wine.
Followers of Dionysus often carried staffs made of giant fennel stalks, topped with a pine cone dipped in honey, which attracted copious amounts of delighted bees. This staff was called a Thyrsus and was present at harvest festivals and celebratory parades. It is written that a Thyrsus could change from a beneficent wand to a personal dagger by a hidden spear tip in cases of personal danger or jealous husbands.
We’ve chosen the Thyrsus as our label design in honor of the ancients who so wisely spread knowledge of grape propagation and winemaking to the far corners of the world.
Please join us for an experience you are sure to remember.
Our chic tasting room with floor to ceiling windows, exquisite walnut tasting bar and casual seating offers a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere without pretension. We feature a private sit down tasting room which accommodates up to ten guests, and for those who enjoy the outdoors, we offer a patio with fountain, wonderfully landscaped grounds, a lawn area, picnic tables, stage, and of course the requisite Napa Valley bocce ball court…… all of this in our beautiful vineyard setting.
Wine clubs are a great way to stay connected to your favorite wineries.
To join the wine club, visit www.silenuswinery.com or call 707-299-3930.
Silenus Vintners’ Wine Club offers wine lovers the opportunity to enjoy the limited production wines from our circle of boutique, artisan Vintners. Each Club package is a unique selection of new releases and exclusive offerings. Our ever changing selections allows us to provide interesting and diverse Club packages. You’ll be among the few who receive small batch, boutique wines rarely distributed outside of Napa Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.
• Four (4) bottles of wine, four times per year (March, May, October & December). We do not duplicate wine selections, so each Club package is unique.
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•Club packages will be approximately $200.00. CA sales tax and shipping are additional.
• 15% discount on all purchases and 20% discount on case purchases (mixed cases welcome).
• Invitations to exclusive Club events, many of which provide the opportunity to meet our Vintners face to face and share their passions. Plus premier invitations and discounts to our winery events.
• Complimentary Bar Tasting for you and 3 guests each time you visit (party of 4).
The offer listed below is valid for all Napa Valley residents age 21 and over.
Napa County residents may receive two complimentary tastings.