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 Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2010


    a little gasoline or something but with a sweetness and some apple fruit. i like this! Read More

    Wine review by kate statton

  • With the summer of Riesling in full swing, not to mention our own Riesling Global Tasting Initiative wrapping up, it’s a great time to talk about Riesling wines and those which might be perfect for your palate and pocketbook this summer.Riesling is a tricky variety to review. It’s one that really requires you to read any review that is accompany... Read More

    From the article Riesling Round Up

  • Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2010


    Interesting on the nose with notes of dried ruby red grapefruit peel, butchers wax and some pollen yellow floral aromas. Smooth and a bit soft on entry, this is broad in the mouth and fairly seamless, delivering subtle flavors of citrus fruits, green apple and pear in a light, easy package that turns brighter and firmer on the modest finish. Eas... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate 2009


    Enjoy the aroma of apples with a buttery taste. Goes great with our Dominos thin crust and buffalo wings ; ) Read More

    Wine review by godofwine69

  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll 2008


    On the nose, black current, bing cherry, and hints of forest floor and just the slightest tinge of menthol. On the palate, medium-full bodied mix of dark fruits, white pepper, tar, cigar box, leather and hint of vanilla. Nice long, smokey finish, slightly peppery. Tannins still a bit firm - look forward to trying this with a few more years behin... Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate 2009


    Lots of cream and pears in the nose, and a fresh vegetative smell. Light minerally body with some mild buttery notes. Slightly tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Trefethen Chardonnay Oak Knoll Library Selection Estate 2009


    Clear and clean aromas of green apple, lemon and sugar. Smooth and flavorful with a complex mix of lemon candy, cream, apple. Read More

    Wine review by 2Mark Angelillo 2 Mark Angelillo

  • Trefethen Riesling Oak Knoll Dry 2009


    A great dry Riesling perfect for sipping and pairing with food...nice combo! Read More

    Wine review by KristinW

  • Trefethen Me Oak Knoll 2007


    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by 502forest

  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by BridgetDS

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