at Freemark Abbey are proud of our reputation for producing premium wines of outstanding
varietal character. Focusing our attention on just four varietals - Chardonnay,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Johannisberg Riesling - Freemark Abbey is acclaimed
by knowledgeable wine drinkers who understand and appreciate the consistent style,
complexity, and ageability of our wines.
The finest grapes from vineyards owned by grower-partners of the winery are selected
by the wine maker and then hand picked for Freemark Abbey wines. State-of-the-art
equipment and small French oak barrels further express our commitment to quality
in wine making. As a final pledge of excellence, the finished wines are held at
the winery for extended bottle-aging to ensure superior quality and drink ability
Freemark Abbey's tradition of excellence is now in the hands of talented young
wine maker Ted Edwards, who holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees
from the prestigious Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of
California, Davis. Continuing the classic Freemark style, Edwards uses innovative
techniques to enhance the fruitiness, flavors, and varietal character of the wines.
Nighttime hand-harvesting of Chardonnay grapes and careful selection of small
Cabernet berries at around 23° Brix are typical of the dedicated practices Ted
brings to the classic Freemark wine making style.
In 1981 we launched a unique program of holding back some of our wines and reintroducing
them several years after their initial release. This additional bottle-aging at
the winery allows wine drinkers to enjoy the elegance and finesse of a fine, mature
wine that has been properly collared. Freemark Abbey is dedicated to providing
the best possible wines for the enjoyment of our appreciative patrons.
Freemark Abbey obtains its grapes from vineyards owned and operated by grower-partners
of the winery, thus assuring a unified commitment to consistency and quality from
the vineyard to the consumer. Located in the most highly regarded sections of
the Napa Valley, the vineyards are planted to the varietals which are best suited
to the area. This matching of varietal to micro-climate results in fruit of excellent
quality and varietal character. Since some of the vineyards are situated next
to the Napa River while others cling to the sides of the hills surrounding the
Valley, each contributes its own special personality to the complexity of the
Freemark Abbey is particularly acclaimed for its superb Cabernet Sauvignon - a
Napa Valley premium Cabernet and two vineyard-designated wines. Bosche and Sycamore
Cabernets are single-vineyard wines from the famous Rutherford area, known for
producing grapes of excellent color and flavor. Their distinctive quality reflects
this special region and the unique characteristics of the soil.
Freemark Abbey Winery / P.O. Box 410 / St. Helena CA 94574 / 707-963-9694