Fantesca Estate is located just a mile up Spring Mountain Road from St. Helena’s main street. Steeped in history, it was originally the dowry of Caroline Bale when she married Charles Krug in 1860. In 1889, long before women could vote in the USA, a Cabernet Sauvignon from this area, made by Hannah Weinberger, achieved one of the first awards for a wine from Napa Valley.
In keeping with the strong female heritage of the property, The Hoff’s chose the winery’s namesake… La Fantesca, who was a sexy, smart and strong-willed female character in the popular early Italian theatrical performances of Commedia dell’ Arte. Both the lover and the equal of Harlequin, Fantesca could always be counted on to woo the audience with her trademark cheek.
Today, Fantesca Estate & Winery encompasses 53+ acres, 10 of which were planted in 1997 to Cabernet Sauvignon, with one acre to Petit Verdot. The vineyard is located on the southeastern side of Spring Mountain with tremendous variations in slope. It is farmed by Jim Barbour in accordance with sustainable management practices. The full-scale modern winery was built in 2001. Their cave, rumored to be an abandoned silver mine, stretches 280 feet beneath a ridge of Spring Mountain, offering spectacular storage and aging capacities for Fantesca’s wines and those of their custom crush clients.
Fantesca produces just over 800 cases of Cabernet and 1,000 cases of Chardonnay each year. Esteemed winemaker, Heidi Peterson Barrett creates each vintage. Dubbed “The First Lady of Wine” by Robert Parker, Jr. she has received an unmatched five perfect 100 point scores. Fantesca Estate & Winery is Barrett’s first new project since leaving Screaming Eagle in 2006.
Fantesca is only open through "Invitation Only" events or by referral. To learn about our wine clubs, visit us on our website at www.fantesca.com. Limited orders for our wine upon release may be available by calling our direct sales office at 707.968.0890.
Our winery is located at 2920 Spring Mountain Road, Saint Helena, California 94574, Telephone 707.968.9229.
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To join the wine club, visit www.fantesca.com or call 707.968.9229.
Limited production Fantesca wines are available through our wine allocation memberships. To inquire, visit us at www.fantesca.com for up to the minute information on Fantesca's "Invitation Only" & release events.
Once a year the rarest new Napa Valley wines become available under one roof at Premiere Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the Napa Valley are given one task to participate: create a one-of-a-kind wine for this event to be purchased by one lucky bidder. This event is only open to select members of the wine trade and the successful bidder is the sole owner of this unique wine.
Fantesca Estate and Winery
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date: September - 2011
Appellation: Spring Mountain District
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