Exceptional Wine Experiences

Welcome to Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Following an extensive renovation of our original winery building on the hillside, we invite you to experience Joseph Phelps like never before. We offer Terrace Tastings, Exceptional Wine Experiences and Private Tastings. Please call the winery directly at (800) 707-5789 or (707) 967-3720 to book your appointment. All visits require a prior appointment and groups are limited to six or fewer.

Please Note: Due to the nature of our tastings and to ensure an intimate experience for all of our guests, we kindly request that all visitors be at least 21 years of age. Should you be traveling with infants and/or children under 21, please call ahead to discuss tasting options in a private room. We also kindly request that only certified service animals be allowed on property. No other pets at the vineyard, please. Thank you for understanding.

Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. These popular tastings embrace a variety of topics geared to both the novice and those with broader knowledge. All are semi-private and last 90 minutes. Limited to six guests per party. The cost per person is $100, up to four complimentary for Phelps Preferred members (except for the Wine and Cheese Experience and Insignia: Past, Present & Future tasting). Additional guests of Phelps Preferred members are charged at full price. Topics vary by day and include:

View the 2016 Schedule.  (subject to change)

Insignia Blending: Play winemaker for the day and learn the art of blending different varieties to make the perfect wine. Smell, taste, and experiment with blending six Insignia components, then taste and compare your blend with our current vintage.

Single Vineyards ~ A Taste of Place: Discover how the intersection of soil, microclimate, exposure and varietal selection make vineyards and vineyard-designated wines unique. This tasting includes six single-vineyard wines including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from our Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards on the West Sonoma Coast, Sauvignon Blanc from our St. Helena Vineyard, Syrah from Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard in Carneros along with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The tasting also includes our flagship wine, Insignia.

Barrel Aging Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Explore the role of a barrel in the development of a fine wine. In addition to the current releases, you will taste four Cabernet Sauvignon samples aged in different barrels. You will also experience twelve different aromas found in wines that are aged in barrels of different origin and toast levels.

Napa Valley Rocks: Explore the unique geological formations and climate where the renowned wine Insignia is grown and produced. Taste Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from four estate vineyards in distinctly different Napa Valley sub-appellations. Learn why Napa Valley’s terroir is an important factor in determining our flagship wine Insignia’s distinctive sense of place.

Wine Aroma Challenge: Put your nose to the test and identify six white wine and six red wine aromas in this fun and interactive experience. Challenge your colleagues and sharpen your ability to identify aromas in wine.

These are seated tastings that require a charge for all guests. Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price, additional guests will be charged full price.

Wine & Cheese Pairing: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., we host a guided wine tasting and pairing of cheeses, salumi, nuts, fruits and other delicacies. Experience how food and wine interact in concert or contrast and discover your preferences. $100 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($50), additional guests will be charged full price.

Insignia: Past, Present & Future Tasting: 
Experience a rare opportunity with a six vintage tasting of our flagship wine, Insignia.  We are currently offering 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the current vintage, 2013.  Additionally, a barrel tasting of the 2014 Insignia will be part of the experience. $150 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($75), additional guests will be charged full price.  This opportunity is limited to the following dates and times:

September 24, 2016 - Sold Out
October 20, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. (morning seating is sold out)
November 7, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
December 16, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

A minimum of  12 persons is required for any one of these dates in order for this experience to be conducted.  A credit card is required upon booking and will be charged 48 hours before the scheduled event.  If there are not 12 persons total for that day, Joseph Phelps Vineyards reserves the right to change this from an "Insignia: Past, Present & Future Tasting" to  our Insignia Blending Experience.  Guests who have made this reservation will be contacted and given the choice to accept this change or cancel.

We are unable to seat latecomers, so please plan to arrive early to check in at the reservation desk. Please do not wear perfume, lotions or cologne. The seated tasting setting is not appropriate for anyone under 21 years of age.

By appointment only. To e-mail a request, contact reservations@josephphelps.com.

OUR ADDRESS: 200 Taplin Road, St. Helena, California 94574

Above image: The Insignia Room (Bruce Damonte)