Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, he began planting vineyards and construction of a winery. The first harvest in 1973 yielded Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Johannisberg Riesling bottlings, all custom crushed at nearby wineries. The Joseph Phelps winery was completed in 1974 in time for harvest, crushing grapes for the first Insignia and the first Syrah bottlings. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking. It put Joe Phelps and his Joseph Phelps Vineyards on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers. Today, the winery controls and farms over 400 acres of vines on nine estate vineyards in Napa Valley.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ history with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dates back to the earliest years of the winery. Joe’s search for the ideal location to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay eventually led the family to the western Sonoma Coast where they purchased a 200-acre former dairy farm just outside the town of Freestone in 1999. Soon thereafter, 100 acres of vines were planted followed by construction of a state-of-the art, gravity fed winery facility dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varieties, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Over forty years later, Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s most iconic wines.