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Franciscan Oakville Estate

1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena, CA 94574
800-529-WINE or 707-963-7111
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Ranked #34 of 82 Activities in St. Helena
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
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Houston, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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Orlando, Florida
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93 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 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.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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

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Visalia, California
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167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I come to this winery mostly to buy and the tasting is always a plus, I love their magnificat wines, I used to have few of their bottles and I always try to come back for more, if you are in the area you should try their wine. Great customer service too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Last stop on our day of winery fun. Reserved our spot on the patio. Great attention from the staff. Options for both red/white wine drinkers.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have visited a couple of times and enjoyed tasting. One of our visits we went in the fall and their winery was nicely decorated for the fall.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

After being disappointed at a previous vineyard, I was very pleased with the wine and the people from Franciscan. The wine educator was amazing and did a good job of describing the wines. I loved the wine and would definitely return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Reserve a "tasting experience" and be escorted through the vineyard, fermentation room and aging room. Conclude the tour by sitting around a large wooden table in a private room inside their wine "library". Then have a wine expert walk you through five of the finest offerings from the winery, Nice, elegant and relaxing, Can't say enough about how nice a... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This winery was part of our NAPA wine tour and our first stop. We paid $10 for 4 tastings. I found the presentation a bit boring -- if you want you can go to the wine bar and select what you would like to try. The winery is clean and nice with bathroom facilities. There is not food for purchase... More

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jeanna85
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Hands down our favorite winery in the Napa Valley. Did the wines with altitude tasting-all reds. Fabulous wine. Gave us two extra tastings each for free. Generous pour on a few (almost a full glass). Sitting in the courtyard didn't have a view but with wine so good we didn't care. No reservations needed. A few minutes from the downtown... More

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