Frog's Leap winery is one of the "greenest" wineries in Napa Valley. You'll hear about its organic and sustainable farming practices on your visit here.
This popular winery in Napa Valley is warm and welcoming to visitors. Come for a seated tasting in the beautifully rustic tasting room or on the patio for gorgeous vineyard and garden views.
Frog's Leap winery got its start in 1981 on a former frog farm in St. Helena. In 1994, the winery moved to the former Adamson Winery in Rutherford, where the lovingly restored 1884 red barn houses Frog's Leap today.
This winery's fun-loving name was inspired by the nearby Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, and from its humble frog farm beginnings. You'll discover touches of whimsy here, such as the leaping frog weathervane atop the winery, and the wine corks that sport the word ribbit. I'll bet their motto gets a lot of grins, too: "Time's fun when you're having flies."
Beautiful scenery and a warm, friendly staff beckon visitors. However, the superb wines are what keep bringing them back. Several wines are produced at Frog's Leap -- sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel and petite sirah -- and all are dependably complex and elegant.
Tastings now require reservations. Try to arrive a little before your appointed time so you can stroll through the gorgeous gardens that surround the winery. If you come in the winter, relax by the wood-burning fireplace while savoring a glass. It's peaceful here and well worth your time.
Step into the spacious tasting room (it's in the Vineyard House behind the winery) for a seated tasting with plenty of attention from your knowledgeable server. You'll learn how the wine is made from the on-staff wine specialists, while tasting a flight of five current release and library wines for $45. The Frog's Leap winery staff aims to please and it shows.
More tours and tastings are available. Be sure to check the Frog's Leap website for current offerings, including virtual tastings.
The Vineyard House is rustic, refined and homey all at once. Polished hardwood floors, warm lighting and comfy chairs welcome guests to stay awhile. Don't be surprised to find Terra Cotta (the resident cat) curled up in one of those chairs, napping. I have to admit, I'd like to live here, too.
2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast "From the heart of the Rutherford Bench, this estate-grown wine is a classic version of restraint and elegance, structured in dusty tannin with bursts of cedar, tomato leaf and cassis. Cabernet Franc makes up 8% of the blend, with 3% Merlot. This will benefit from time in the cellar; drink 2020-2023."
2013 Frog's Leap Merlot 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast "There's a healthy 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc in this wine, which is classically structured in red fruit, soft oak and peppery spice. Its cedar notes speak to the Cab within, while the overall texture and breadth of he wine is lengthy, food-ready and impressive."
8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford, CA 94573 * 707-963-4704 * FrogsLeap.com
Open daily from 10am to 4pm, except for major holidays and a few special events. Reservations are required for all wine tastings and tours. You can make your reservation on the Frog's Leap website by clicking the "Visit" link.