Trefethen is one of our favorite wines for a few reasons. A few years ago, we visited the winery and fell in love with the place, the stories, and the history. Plus, the wines are incredible. The Trefethen Chardonnay is an excellent pick for seafood.
This wine is delightful, y’all – light, crisp, and easy to drink. Tastes like pineapples (how preppy!), melon, and peach.🍍Pour a glass in the brazilliance of the main dining room at the Greenbrier. Or at home, dining al fresco. Serve with light dishes like sea bass, caesar salad, lemony chicken, or grilled shrimp tacos.
Served at the Greenbrier
On one memorable dinner (celebrating 40!), I ordered a bottle of the Trefethen Chardonnay in the Main Dining Room at the Greenbrier. Served with sea bass on top of a light medley of zucchini and Lima beans (kind of an odd side but it worked!). At first sip, I tasted pineapples. 🍍 HOW PREPPY! And fitting for a dinner seated in the brazilliance of the main dining room at the Greenbrier. And what a cool label, don’t you think!?
Our Visit to Trefethen Winery
Our visit to Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa was one of our favorite tours & tastings on our California Wine Country trip. A gorgeous iron gate featuring beautiful vine details greeted us at the entrance.
Then we traveled along the winding road through the vines to the winery and tasting room.
Every aspect of our tour demonstrated how much thought and care is put into every detail at Trefethen. The winery is family owned, family run, and the family lives on the property. Their love of the business is evident in the details of the wine, building, art and the way they do business. The winery employs people full time so they can have benefits, pay homage to their parents by naming sections of the vineyards after them, created a new entrance using old elements that symbolize their history, have implemented green and sustainable measures to protect the land they love, and named a wine (Halo) after their children which has a label that is a work of art.
The house is on the national registry of landmarks. It was built in 1896. The grandfather started out as an executive at Kaiser, and when he retired, decided he wanted to go into agriculture. He just wanted to grow grapes, and not make wine.
John, the son, enjoyed making cider in college and wanted to try making wine. They hosted an intern from France, and the intern entered his Chardonnay into a contest unbeknownst to them. It turns out John had a serious winemaking talent. Out of 300 wines, his won the world-wide competition. The orders started coming in and they started making wine.