Trefethen Vineyards & Winery

Constructed in 1886 by a Scottish sea captain, Hamden McIntyre, our winery was originally known as Eshcol. McIntyre designed it as a gravity-flow system: a horse-drawn winch brought grapes to the third floor of the three-story structure for crushing; gravity carried the juice to the second floor for fermenting; and, eventually, the wine descended to the first floor for aging. Eshcol was among a number of wineries McIntyre designed during this period; the others were Greystone (now The Culinary Institute of America), Far Niente and Inglenook. During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Napa Valley was a thriving viticultural community with nearly 140 wineries. However, in the late 1890s, phylloxera, a root louse that destroys grapevines, brought wine production in Napa to a crashing halt. Growers soon recovered with re-planted vines, but in 1920, Prohibition arrived, driving a stake through the heart of the wine business. The old Eshcol facility survived by making sacramental wines, but by 1940 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Trefethen Family Vineyard 'Oak Knoll' Chardonnay 2016


    Very heavily oaked. Lots of caramel. Stone fruit. Very much a mouth-filling Chardonnay. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2012


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    Wine review by brygos

  • Trefethen Merlot 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2012


    Nicely balanced Napa chardonnay. Nothing over the top but good creamy lemon, ripe gala apple, a very slight touch of butterscotch, a hint of oak, decent acidity and a medium finish. Along with the acidity there's also a bit of creaminess on the palate. Very similar to the 2011. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Harmony 2011


    Not bad but not great Napa chardonnay. Expected a lot more but this was fairly simple and not very complex. Nice stone fruit, some ripe pear and melon, medium to low acidity and a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2013


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Trefethen Dragons Tooth Red 2011


    A blend of 58% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. 21 months in 77% French, 16% American and 7% Hungarian oak.Complex aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and spice. Full-bodied and concentrated with firm tannins on the palate. Rich black cherry & currant notes on the palate intermingled with layers of dark chocolate, cinnamon an... Read More

    Wine review by Taste with Stace

  • Trefethen Riesling Dry 2012


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006


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    Wine review by Brian butler

  • Trefethen Merlot 2011


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    Wine review by sanadler

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