For 140 years, the iconic Beringer Vineyards has been the longest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley. On April 24th, the historic estate will commemorate its longstanding history in the valley with the First Annual Founder’s Day celebration.
The Beringer family history began in Napa Valley when Jacob Beringer arrived in California and became the Cellar Foreman for Charles Krug. Six years later, Jacob and his brother, Frederick, purchased a 215-acre parcel of land in St. Helena. The very land that Beringer Vineyards sits on today is part of that original parcel purchase. 1876 marks the estate’s first harvest and crush, with Jacob making the wines and Frederick operating the business. In that first year, Beringer wine was born with their 18,000-case production.
In the years that followed, the stunning Rhine House (pictured above) and Old Stone Winery were built, in addition to other structures and wine cellars that are still on the property today. The estate passed through hands of the family throughout the early 1900s, as Jacob and Frederick passed away. Even during Prohibition in the 1920s—when other wineries had to close their doors—they managed to operate with a federal license to produce and sell sacramental wine. Throughout the 1930s and beyond, Beringer Vineyards built their estate into the icon that it is today.
In 1976, the same year that California wines impressed at the Paris Tasting, Beringer Vineyards launched their Private Reserve collection of wines. In present day, after countless awards and high scores from critics, the Private Reserve collection is revered among enthusiasts and collectors alike.
First Annual Founder's Day
Bringing together this historic past and the estate’s longstanding commitment to crafting fine Napa Valley wines, Beringer Vineyards offers guests an afternoon of celebration at their First Annual Founder’s Day. Featuring live music by Whiskey & Honey, and of course, plenty of food to go with the numerous wine tasting opportunities, the day is set to be a fun-filled affair at their stunning St. Helena estate.
Hosted on April 24th from 11am-4pm, Founder’s Day General Admission ($25) will offer:
- Viticulturist-led vineyard hikes. (10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm)
- Rhine House stained glass guided tour. (11am)
- A wine tasting flight pass for the day.
Throughout the day, there will also be two seminar-style tastings. These exclusive opportunities will allow guests to get up close and personal with Beringer Vineyards' finest wines:
- 2013 Reserve Tasting with Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer. (12pm, $75)
- Private Reserve Library Tasting led by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. (3pm, $75)
Led by Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer, the sneak-peek at the highly acclaimed 2013 vintage Reserve Tasting will be an intimate look at the soon-to-be-released Reserve wines, and provide guests with a chance to hear Mark Beringer talk about how he crafts some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. During the Private Reserve Library Tasting, Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson will educate attendees on the complexities of older Beringer's vintage Private Reserve wines—expect to taste six wines that span four decades of this estate’s most elite collection.
Beringer Vineyards is poised to offer guests a fun, historically rich and wine-filled day at their First Annual Founder’s Day event, and I expect that it will exceed expectations far and wide.