Beringer historic winery

Experience the past with these St. Helena Wineries and our Little Book

Categories: Dine, Play, Relax, Stay, Wine

The past becomes present perfection with a historical adventure in St. Helena! Explore the magic this month with your Little Book of Big Experiences in hand through five wineries with a compelling past that set the standard for wine production in Napa Valley. These distinct wineries have aged beautifully like the rich, renowned varietals they continue to craft, and your LBE shares a peek into the colorful bygone days through modern tastings and tours. Visit St. Helena this March before the 2017 Little Book of Big Experiences is history!


Founded in 1875 by German brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer, the winery began as 215 acres that are now the heart of the Beringer estate. The Hudson House, which still stands on the property, was the original structure when the land was purchased. Knowing that is was where he wanted his home to stand, Frederick moved the building to where it currently sits and built his mansion, the immaculate Rhine House, in 1884 which is now the iconic, central building of the winery.


Take a walking tour of the historic property and enjoy a flight of three powerful red wines in the Knights Valley Room. Beringer pairs its sensational sips with locally sourced cheeses and chocolates.

Charles Krug 

Innovating and bar-setting, Charles Krug Winery continues to make significant contributions to winemaking since the founding of the winery in 1861 and Krug’s establishing of the St. Helena Viticultural Association in 1875. With the first public tasting and sales room in California, Charles Krug set the standard for wine production and continues producing world-class wines led by the famed, winemaking Mondavi family.


Taste five reserve and limited release wines, and enjoy an exclusive barrel tasting in the winery’s historic Redwood Cellar. The Charles Krug Tasting Room is a blend of old and new, and gives an intimate look at the the winery’s vibrant history.

Freemark Abbey 

As the first female winemaker on record in Napa Valley, Josephine Tychson built and operated the first cellar on the property in 1886. It was later purchased by her close friend, Antonio Forni, and he constructed the stone winery that exists on the estate today. The winery was officially named Freemark Abbey in 1939 by three southern Californian businessmen, and in 1976 was the only Californian winery to include both a red and white wine represented in the infamous Judgement of Paris.


Explore the restored stone winery with a tantalizing taste of their limited production wines and historical walking tour of the estate. Partake in a tasting of limited release, single vineyard and library wines accompanied with artisan cheeses in the wineries sunny courtyard.


In 1948, brothers John and Mario Trinchero purchased an abandoned Prohibition-era winery and made the move with their families to Napa Valley from Italy, by way of New York City. Trinchero produced the first-ever white Zinfandel in 1972 under the Sutter Home label, and continues to expand with their purchase of Folie à Deux Winery in 2004, where they produce their boutique wines under the family name. With over 200 acres of vineyards spanning Napa Valley, Trinchero is a true symbol of the American Dream.


Sunday through Thursday, tour the state-of-the-art-winery and enjoy a rare opportunity to taste a selection of barrel tasting and current releases in the caves. Friday and Saturday, enjoy a selection of single-vineyard wines, barrel samples and our dessert wine with Italian cantucci pairing while noshing on a selection of cheese and charcuterie in the exclusive Legacy Lounge.

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone 

Back in the early 1900’s, Greystone was home to the Christian Brothers Winery, founded by winemaker emeritus Brother Timothy Diener. Today the former winery is home to The Culinary Institute of America and the inspiration for Greystone Cellars labels.


Only available Saturdays and Sundays, watch on as CIA’s renowned chef-instructors perform live cooking demos. Explore the flavors of Napa Valley with a seasonally changing menu paired with wine from Greystone Cellars.