Arriving at Flora Springs Napa Valley on a gorgeous fall afternoon. This winery, family-owned and operated by the Komes Garvey Family since 1978 is a Napa Valley gem I just recently learned about. They’re originally San Francisco natives before moving to Napa Valley. Learn more about Flora Springs and my lovely tasting below.
Speaking of this historic winery, Flora Springs is also a ‘Ghost Winery’, which means that it was built between 1860 and 1900. It fell into disrepair in the early 20th century due to the triple threat of the vine disease phylloxera, the Great Depression, and of course, Prohibition. Read more about Flora Springs and their fascinating history as a Ghost Winery here.
The historic Flora Springs Winery Winemaking facility. We toured this stunning building and also enjoyed a tasting (see more below) comparing the flavor profiles of Cabernet Sauvignon with the American Oak Barrell vs. French Barrell. The taste profiles of the two varying barrels were quite different and so fun to taste side by side.
Views from the Flora Springs Winery look outward towards Napa’s Route 29 Highway. They literally have the best view in St. Helena looking eastward into the Valley.
Upon arriving at the tasting guests are welcomed in the winery’s tasting room (shown). This tasting room is covered with a rich history and a wine bar where guests can do a standing seating or have a glass and take with them outside to enjoy the stunning winery vineyard views.
For those that may not make it to the Flora Springs Estate, or have a chance to book an estate visit (since the estate requires a reservation) lucky for you, Flora Springs also has a tasting room on highway 29, “The Room” which is open to walk-ins. This is a fabulous option as well since it’s conveniently located in St. Helena and has the same lovely assortment of Flora Springs Wines. I would suggest you be sure to try all of the Cabernet Sauvignon Wines as those were what I fell most in love with and were such a great expression of rich, delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wines.
Here is more information on how to visit both locations.
We were welcomed with a glass of the Soliloquy (white wine shown above). This is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvasia & Pinot Gris. For someone who drinks a lot of Chardonnay, this was very unusual and like nothing, I had ever tried before. It’s super light and refreshing so would be nice on a hot summer day. If you’re expecting Chardonnay or even Sauvignon Blanc flavors with this wine you may be a bit surprised by the unexpected flavors it showcases. It’s very interesting and something I enjoyed tasting and getting more familiar with.
The gorgeous historic winemaking facility. So gorgeous both on the inside and out.
Stepping into the cave for our Flora Springs Winery tour. I’m so excited something about a cave tour always gets me. It’s the best of both worlds, getting to see where the wines are made, learning about the winemaking techniques, all while sipping on delicious Flora Springs Wine. The Flora Springs team sure knows how to make a lady happy!
Cave views like this always bring a smile to my face. I love seeing a combination of Oak Barrels as well as concrete eggs (as shown) which can be used for making white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cheers, me and my friend Emily had such a lovely visit to Flora Springs. it’s great for a group of two or a larger group. During our visit we saw a group of 4 and both the interior tasting room and outside patio (where we tasted) are accommodating for small or large size groups.
Cheers to beginning our afternoon tasting on this gorgeous fall day in Napa. I don’t think we could have asked for better weather or a more fun visit. Cheers to a ladies’ afternoon of wine tasting and the tasty wines The Flora Springs team shared with us.
This is the covered tasting area where we experienced our tasting. From this terrace, guests have the most spectacular sweeping views of Napa Valey and it really is picturesque.
The beautiful setting for our tasting. Most of what we tasted during the seated tasting was the Flora Springs Single Vineyard Cabernets. Flora Springs has been making single vineyards since 1989. Fun fact, Flora Springs was one of the first wineries in Napa Valley to make Single Vineyard Cabernets. Crazy, right?
When John Komes bottled Flora Springs’ first Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – the Rutherford Hillside Reserve in 1989 – it became a benchmark for Napa Valley Cabernet, bringing awareness to the concept of site-specific wines. Since then Flora Springs has enhanced its Single Vineyard Program, and now offers five elegant and powerful wines that reflect the small vineyard sites and even individual blocks in which they are grown. Read more about the history of the Single Vineyard Cabernets on their website here.
It’s always interesting seeing the various vineyard sources a winery farms from. Flora Farms has vineyards in various AVA’s including Rutherford and of course their home vineyard in St. Helena.
This Malbec was one of my favorites from the tasting in addition to the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon’s of course!
Their well known and adored Trilogy which is a red wine blend and another fabulous Cabernet I tasted, the St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet. This is one of the most elegant, lovely wines I tasted during the visit. It retails for $150 and you can purchase on their website here.
All smiles as we wrap up our afternoon at Flora Springs.
Thanks again for having me and Emily for this visit and sponsoring this blog post sharing the lovely Flora Springs Winery with my readers. Make sure to mention the JetSetting Fashionista when you plan a visit so they know that I sent you!