Gathering Spaces, Old and New
A new winery building was constructed on the property in 1972 and then remodeled in 2006. The contemporary, two-story facility includes a club-like second floor that is home to the Freemark Abbey Partner’s Lounge. Here, members of the winery’s two clubs, Partner’s Cellar and Josephine’s Cellar, can gather to taste wines only available through those memberships and also enjoy seasonal bites from our culinary team.
The Partner’s Lounge includes an exterior patio for al fresco events and tastings, while the building is flanked by the beautifully landscaped Upper and Lower Lawns. All three spaces were designed for visitors to taste Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and other Freemark wines in inspiring outdoor venues. In Napa Valley, sometimes wines are just better in open-air settings!
Celebrating the Partners
In both the Historic Tasting Room and Partner’s Lounge, Freemark Abbey welcomes visitors who seek out our Napa Valley wines. It’s a tradition that began with actual partners in this storied winery venture.
In fact, in addition to the lounge that borrows the name, the “partner’s” moniker applies to a number of Freemark offerings. The seven partners who acquired the winery in the late 60s inspired Ted Edwards to make a “Partners’ Blend” red wine in the 2006 and ’07 harvests and revive it for the stunning 2016 vintage.
Meanwhile, Partners’ Cellar is one of two clubs that allow access to some of the wines the seven partners conceived of as they carried on the Freemark legacy in the 60’s and 70s. The club’s name is a tribute to those respected gentlemen.
Sampling in a St. Helena Winery
Two decades earlier, the original partners who combined their names to form “Freemark Abbey”—Charles Freeman, Mark Foster, and Abbey Ahern—were adamant in the belief that hospitality was a path to success as a St. Helena winery. Back in the days of dirt roads and as many fruit orchards as vineyards in the valley, they constructed a “sampling room” in 1949. The quaint but functional annex to the original stone winery was a predecessor to the ubiquitous tasting rooms that help define modern Napa Valley hospitality.
The 1972 addition served as a tasting room for much of that decade. Nowadays, the Partner’s Lounge is often full of enthusiastic tasters and Freemark staff who host them for the day. It’s an added benefit to being a Partners’ or Josephine’s Cellar club member.
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