Exceptional Wine Experiences
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 make your reservation.

All visits require a reservation and groups are limited to six or fewer. Please call 800-707-5789 to make a reservation. Only certified service animals are permitted at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Due to the nature of our tastings and to ensure an intimate experience, we kindly ask that all visitors to the winery be at least 21 years of age.

The winery will be closed for private events on the following dates: July 16-20, 2015 and November 14 & 15, 2015.

Exceptional Wine Experiences
Seated tastings are held weekdays at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and on weekends at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. These popular tastings embrace a variety of topics geared to both the novice and those with broader knowledge. All are semi-private (limited to 8 guests total, 6 in any one party) and last 90 minutes. The cost per person is $100, up to four complimentary for Phelps Preferred members (except for the Wine and Cheese Experience, Library Tasting and Insignia Vertical Perspective Tasting). Additional guests of Phelps Preferred members are charged at full price. Topics vary by day and include:

View the 2015 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.

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.

NEW! 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 the Carneros along with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The tasting also includes our flagship wine, Insignia.

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 9 cheeses, nuts, fruits and other delicacies. Experience how food and wine interact in concert or contrast and discover your preferences. $125 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($62.50), additional guests will be charged full price.

NEW! Library Tasting: Offered by prior request. Experience the history of Joseph Phelps Vineyards through select library vintages of Insignia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah (based on library inventory). Please call for wines currently included in this tasting. $125 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($62.50), additional guests will be charged full price.

Insignia Vertical Perspective Tasting: Offered by prior request. Experience a rare opportunity with a five vintage tasting of our flagship wine, Insignia. Please call for information on vintages currently included in this tasting. $150 per person; Phelps Preferred members are offered four reservations at half-price ($75), additional guests will be charged full price.

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

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

If you are a Phelps Preferred member, your Phelps Preferred Membership entitles you to enjoy 4 complimentary tastings per visit, either in one of our five main Exceptional Wine Experiences or a Terrace Tasting (excludes the Limited Edition Wine & Cheese Pairing, Library Tasting and Insignia Vertical Perspective Tasting). Additional guests enjoy tasting our wines or attending an Exceptional Wine Experience at full price.

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