If only these vines could talk, they would tell you stories of the old Napa Valley. The history of AXR estate is compounded in layers; rooted in historic tales of fierce Native American hunting grounds, wild west pioneers and the first woman vintner of California in 1886. It has changed hands over the course of 134 years to become a brewery, restaurant, inn, winery and saloon. Tales of love, lust, heartbreak, murders and great fortune create an imaginative backdrop to our present-day vision of AXR. Today, they are a winery that pays homage to its history and blazes the trail of excitement and innovation in Napa Valley as the pioneers before us did.
The AXR dream began with four friends sitting around a table sharing, dreaming, laughing, and occasionally sipping! The room was filled with an intense passion for wine and a good intention to be true to themselves and the history of Napa Valley: this is where AXR was born. The FAB 4, as they call them, are their three founders: Kelly Trevethan, Mark Schratz and Don Van Laeken, as well as winemaker, Jean Hoefliger. This group of unassuming romantics believes in paying homage to the pioneers who had the vision, planted the vines, and grew the Napa Valley lifestyle.
AXR invites you to visit their historic estate located in the heart of St. Helena. Enjoy your down-home, private experience on their pre-prohibition site, tasting wines handcrafted by Winemaker/Partner, Jean Hoefliger. The tasting experience at AXR takes you on a journey through the past, present and future of Napa Valley with their Private Tasting Offerings.