Frog's Leap Winery

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.

frogs leap winery, napa valley wineryFrog's Leap's sprawling red barn has roots dating to 1884.

A Little Background

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."

Frog's Leap Winery Tours and Tastings

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.

Visitor Tip: One of the best experiences at Frog's Leap is a casual wine tasting in the garden. It's a double treat to swirl, sniff and sip while taking in the warm California sunshine, along with lovely views of the vineyards and the Mayacamas mountains.

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 four wines for $35. The Frog's Leap staff aims to please and it shows.

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.

When and Where

8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford, CA 94573 * 707-963-4704 *

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.

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