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  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Embarks On Major Renovation Project

    Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce it has embarked on a major renovation project at the winery's Spring Valley Home Ranch, located just outside of St. Helena,Napa Valley. Designed in 1973 by renowned architect John Marsh Davis, the historic redwood Joseph Phelps winery perched on a hillside above estate vineyards will be under renovation through Spring 2015. Once completed, newly created private tasting salons, a private wine club member lounge, wine library and barrel room, along with expanded vineyard views and a state-of-the-art kitchen will provide an unparalleled Napa Valley winery visitation experience. 

    The Phelps family and executive team commissioned award winning firms Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg (BCV) Architects and Brandenburger Associates AIA with repurposing the Joseph Phelps Guest Center interior spaces to enhance the guest experience with minimal changes to the original exterior design. Cello & Maudru Construction Company serves as the general contractor on the project.

    "At every step of the renovation planning, it was very important to my father and the rest of our family to preserve the original John Marsh Davis design," stated Bill Phelps, President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. "We are very pleased with the architects' efforts to maintain the building's historical aspect."

    An interim guest center, located among the vines below the current facility, welcomes winery visitors until the Grand Re-Opening of the Joseph Phelps Guest Center in 2015. Open by appointment only, a visit to the Joseph Phelps Temporary Guest Center is an opportunity to experience the winery's grounds like never before during this "Year in the Vines." To schedule a Terrace Tasting or Exceptional Wine Experience visit, please call 800-707-5789.

  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Promotes Justin Ennis to Winemaker in Freestone

    Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Ennis to Winemaker at the company’s Freestone estate, located on the western Sonoma Coast. In his new role, Ennis will be responsible for all day-to-day winemaking activities at the Joseph Phelps Freestone winery, working closely with Vice President and Director of Winemaking, Damian Parker, in crafting all Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

    Ennis joined the Joseph Phelps team in 2007 as Cellarmaster in Freestone, after nine years as Cellarmaster for William Selyem Winery in Healdsburg, as well as Harvest Supervisor and Cellarmaster for wineries in New Zealand and Argentina, respectively. In 2011, Ennis was promoted to Assistant Winemaker in Freestone.

    “This is a well-deserved promotion for Justin. He has a strong background in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production and understands the cool climate growing region of the western Sonoma Coast,” said Damian Parker. “He is a talented winemaker with a wealth of knowledge.”

    “I feel very fortunate to be working with such amazing vineyards. Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyard have developed into magnificent fruit sources,” said Ennis. “I couldn’t ask for a better team and look forward to continuing the Joseph Phelps winemaking legacy here on the Sonoma Coast.”

News Archive

  • Antonio Galloni's Vinous Awards 2011 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards 91 Points
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Among Top Earning Lots During 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Auction
  • Wine Enthusiast Awards 2010 Joseph Phelps Syrah 92 Points & Cellar Selection
  • Robert Parker Awards a Pair of 93 Point Reviews to 2011 Joseph Phelps Sonoma Coast Chardonnays
  • Joseph Phelps Fall-Winter Newsletter Released
  • Wine Enthusiast Awards 2010 Insignia 97 Points & Cellar Selection
  • Robert Parker Awards Three Perfect Insignia Scores in Historical Tasting Report
  • Antonio Galloni's Vinous Awards 2010 Insignia 96+ Points
  • 2011 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards Awarded #62 on the Wine Enthusiast 100 Top Cellar Selections 2013 List
  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Awards 2010 Insignia 95 Points
  • Wine Spectator Awards 2010 Insignia 94 Points
  • Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyards Guest Center Named To "Best Sonoma County Wineries to Visit" List by Food & Wine Magazine
  • Wine Spectator Awards Joseph Phelps 2010 Syrahs 90 Points
  • Insignia Historical Tasting With Robert M. Parker, Jr.
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards 40th Anniversary Video
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Begins 2013 Sonoma Coast Harvest
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Celebrates 41st Napa Valley Harvest
  • Spring Valley Times Spring-Summer 2013 Edition Released
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Raises $490,000 for Local Charities During Auction Napa Valley