Freemark Abbey, long known for its rich history and hand-crafted wines, traces its Napa Valley roots back to 1886 when a pioneering young woman named Josephine Tychson began producing wine in what was then known as Tychson Cellars. Not only was the winery among the first of the original sixteen wineries in Napa, but it was also the first to be built and operated by a woman. Tychson Cellars later became known as Freemark Abbey in 1939 under the ownership of three partners - Charles Freeman, Markquand Foster and Albert "Abbey" Ahern, who combined their names to reestablish the stone cellar facility following prohibition. After a succession of owners, Freemark Abbey was eventually purchased in 1967 by a seven family partnership of growers led by Chuck Carpy. With this new ownership, the renaissance of Freemark Abbey began. Marked by intimate knowledge of the land, the grapes and vinification techniques, this enterprising group reinforced Freemark's reputation as one of Napa's premier wineries. The wines were, and still are, crafted exclusively from premium grapes sourced from vineyards owned and operated by the grower-partners, thus ensuring a unified commitment to consistent, premium quality wine. Located in the most highly regarded sections of Napa Valley, their vineyards were carefully planted with the varietals best suited to the individual soils and microclimates. The result is fruit of excellent quality and superb varietal character…a hallmark of Freemark Abbey wines. Today, Director of Winemaking, Ted Edwards, keeps the pioneering tradition alive with an emphasis on vineyard management, as well as facility improvements. Mentored by Chuck Carpy, Ted has a clear vision for the winery that is shaped by its rich history, and classic winemaking style. Using a proven combination of superior grapes, state-of-the-art equipment and time-tested techniques, Freemark Abbey is able to create wines of uncompromising quality and taste. Barrel aging in French oak and subsequent bottle aging yields wines that are rich, flavorful and beautifully balanced. Unquestionably, Freemark Abbey's vineyards are among the best in California. James Laube of The Wine Spectator hales Freemark's Bosche Vineyard in the top ten in California. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Freemark Abbey consistently turns out excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and one of the few, very fine, truly pleasurable California Johannisberg Rieslings.