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“Beautiful setting”
Review of Frog's Leap Winery

Frog's Leap Winery
Ranked #1 of 23 Food & Drink in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Frog’s Leap was founded by John Williams in 1981. Started on a shoestring budget even the name itself was ‘borrowed’ by combining Stag’s Leap, where John started his Napa Valley winemaking career, and the Frog Farm, where the early vintages were made. The winery was relocated in 1994 when John and his family moved Frog’s Leap to the historic Red Barn in the heart of the Rutherford appellation. This grand and welcoming building was built in 1884 as the Adamson Winery and sits amongst some of our 200 acres of estate grown vineyards. Over the past 30 years Frog’s Leap has earned an enviable reputation with our unique combination of a whimsical label, sincere dedication to sustainable principles and our small, handcrafted production of wines. Over the years to come we look forward growing and learning more about ourselves, our wines and how we can share it all with honesty and genuine hospitality.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We spent a couple hours at Frog's Leap while on a guided tour, and really enjoyed it. We sat at a table under a large oak tree, enjoyed the cheese plates and wine, and walked the beautiful gardens and orchards. Fantastic stop!

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The staff was friendly and laid back, the property is beautiful and we didn't need a reservation. We had a great visit.

Thank Susan D
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We visited Napa in early March 2012. We had a fabulous weekend. This was our first winery visited and since it was early on a Saturday, we practically had the place to ourselves. The tasting on the veranda was interesting and informative. Great wines and the view was gorgeous. I would highly recommend.

Thank KriSla65
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We loved this winery! The wine tasting was very generous and our tour guide was fantastic! He walked us around the winery with stops in the vineyard and throughout the winery. It was a relaxed tour and although it was supposed to be 45 minutes, we spent over an hour with the group.
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Thank CEtravelMa
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was by far my favorite stop. We opted to do the reserved tour experience because I had read it was one not to miss. Frogs Leap is a certified organic winery that was established in 1980. On the property, they also grow seasonal fruits and vegetables that they sell in local farmer's markets and to local restaurants. The tour starts amongst the vines, where you learn what it takes to be organic, including the planting of vegetables that naturally infuse the soil with the nitrogen the vines love, such as fava beans and mustard. You also learn about dry farming - their vines receive no irrigation at all because it has been determined that the natural rainfall is more than enough, even in a drought, to adequately irrigate these vines who have much deeper roots than the more commercial vines. In comparison, vines that receive fertilizer enhanced irrigation tend to grow root balls that are shallower and more susceptible to disease and insects, and often these irrigated fields need to be replanted much more frequently than the heartier, organic-bred vineyard.

Next, the tour heads over to the red barn, part of the original property that had two red barns used for the winemaking processes. One of the original barns burned down and has been replaced with a brown barn that now serves as the barrel aging storage and bottling facility. The red barn contains all of the fermentation stainless steel vats.

One of my favorite parts of the property was the building that contained the tasting room and the winery's business operations. It looked like it was featured in a cover article for Architectural Digest. The building was supposedly modeled on an Australian farmhouse layout, with a living room in the center of the first floor, surrounded by the functional rooms like the dining room, kitchen, and study. The upper floor is ideal for bedrooms, but is being used now for an open workspace. I loved the design details, like the light brownish grey walls with a darker grey used for the trim that was also repeated on the exterior. And the wrap-around porch overlooking the vineyard and the garden was to die for!

Read more about other vineyards at: http://www.learnliveandexplore.com/2012/10/explore-napa-valley.html

Thank julesnu
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