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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards In the late 60s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change, in 1973 he bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards. The winery was completed in 1974 and that same year the first Syrah was made, the first grapes were crushed at the new facility and the first Insignia was produced. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking and it put Joe Phelps on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers. Four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world’s great wines. Thirty-one of thirty-six vintages have been rated ninety or more points by various wine publications. The 2002 vintage was awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator Magazine. Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today, the Phelps estate consists of the Spring Valley Home Ranch outside of St. Helena, Banca Dorada in Rutherford, Las Rocas and Barboza vineyards in Stags Leap, Yountville Vineyard in Oak Knoll, Suscol Vineyard in South Napa, Backus Vineyard in Oakville and Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard in Carneros.

Directions
Approximately an hour and a half’s drive north from San Francisco on U.S. Highway 101, you’ll find Freestone Vineyards near the hamlet of its namesake. Follow scenic Bodega Highway (State Highway 12) past Sebastopol through western Sonoma County. Just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, turn right onto Bohemian Highway and take an immediate left onto El Camino Bodega. The Freestone Vineyards guest center will be on your left, and you will be in the town of Freestone, one of California’s most exciting new winegrowing regions.


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12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone, CA, US, 95472 Email: minglis@jpvwines.com
Phone: 707-874-1010 Web: www.josephphelps.com
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