We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franciscan Oakville Estate

Address: 1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: 800-529-WINE or 707-963-7111
Improve this listing
85%
Ranked #32 of 93 things to do in St. Helena
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Attraction details
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting

Hotels near Franciscan Oakville Estate

Write a Review

40 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    23
    11
    4
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We love Franciscan wine - the staff was friendly and we enjoyed the outside seating area. The tasting is done in the main tasting room - which in comparison to other wineries leaves you wanting a little more privacy or one-on-one feeling. However, the wine makes up for it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We lucked out as it was not too busy when we stopped by (late in the day, Sunday in January). I forget the name of our host (red haired guy), but he was passionate about their wines. And, because it wasn't horrendously busy, another host piped in now and then (because she seemed very passionate too). That passion makes the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Truckee, California
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Always one of the highlights of my trip. Love this building, the location, the staff and the wine! The tastings here are great and don't miss the Mt Veeder tastings too. Fountain Court is pretty special and always a Suprise taste. Excellent choice when touring napa or even if only making one stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Barbara
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Have never been, but have driven by several times. Stopped in and was amazed at the lovely tasting room and the amazing Mt. Vedeer Cab. Deja Harrington, Director of Hospitality, made our visit extra special and the whole team was great!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paoli, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
53 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The blending seminar was the best thing we did in Napa valley. Well worth the price! When we arrived we enjoyed a taste of a lovely and crisp Sauvignon Blanc while waited on the patio. I expected to be in a large group of people but it was just us with the instructor (sorry I can't remember his name) in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Appleton, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Franciscan was the first stop on our tour. I particularly enjoyed tasting the grapes right off the vines.....soooo sweet and enjoyable. My husband is still talking about it and wishes he had ate more! The wines were good, our host was welcoming and the gift shop was quite nice with many choices to browse through. The grounds are pretty and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reno, Nevada
Top Contributor
561 reviews 561 reviews
244 attraction reviews
389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We were on a private tour thanks to our friend who works for Constellation. I think our hosts name was Tom and he really showed as a nice time. It was fun to go out and taste the different grapes on the vines. We really learned a lot. The wines were all great. The gift shop was nice too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

What a great surprise at the end of a long day of a Napa wine tour. As it turned out, this was my favorite winery of the 4 we visited that day. We enjoyed a great 2013 Rose, 2013 Fountain Court White Wine, and a 2010 Clos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - I found them all to be wonderful, even the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
101 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Had an enjoyable afternoon here with my wife tasting a flight of good wine and conversing with the engaging staff. Deano in particular was very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the area and the wineries around us.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We went to Franciscan after enjoying the cab and chardonnay available in Michigan. We were very disappointed with the winery visit. We found the wines to be only ok. The whites (besides the chardonnay) were too sweet. Our server was not very attentive and not knowledgable at all. Perhaps if we had a better server we would have had a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Franciscan Oakville Estate also viewed

St. Helena, Napa Valley
Rutherford, Napa Valley
 
Rutherford, Napa Valley
 

Been to Franciscan Oakville Estate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Franciscan Oakville Estate staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?