Frog’s Leap Winery

After our “busy” day of winery hopping in Calistoga, the next day we decided to keep it lower key and only visit one winery and do the whole tour.  So we headed down the road a bit to Rutherford to Frog’s Leap at the high recommendation of my parents.  What a lovely afternoon we had, and we learned so much!
Founded in 1981 on the site of an old frog farm in St. Helena, from which it hails its name, Frogs Leap has since moved to a new location in Rutherford.  The owner and wine maker, John Williams, has restored the old barn on the property and continues to use the organic farming methods for which they are so well known.

tasting room

interior of the tasting room

On the tour we learned that Frog’s Leap uses dry farming (don’t water the vines), the premise is powered by geothermal energy, the tasting room, or more like house by the size of it, is LEED certified and made from fantastic recycled and rehabed materials, and the employees are truly passionate about wine making and the vision of their proprietor.

view from the deck of the tasting room

The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and you are welcome to take as much time as you like wandering around and exploring.  I would say their two best wines are the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, but honestly, everything they offer is quite fantastic.

restored barn

A visit to Frog’s Leap made for a wonderful afternoon, I would surely go back again!

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