Hours of Operation: SWANSON SALON, Formal tastings are $60 pp; 11:00am, 1:30pm, or 4pm: Approximately 1 hour duration. , , SIP SHOPPE, Informal tastings range from $15-$25. Open Thursday – Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm. Best to call ahead as seating is limited or ring the gate for an instant reservation.
The Swanson products and philosophy celebrate decadence with a wink -- the sublime mixing of the high with the low. We glorify day-to-day living by introducing luxury products that were once considered stuffy and intimidating in a delightful and accessible manner. We encourage you to plop ice cubes in your glass of rosato during the summertime; savor the naughty combination of chocolate bonbons with estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon; or serve American caviar and potato chips with Pinot Grigio -- just because you want to.
In 2003, Swanson Vineyards was fortunate to obtain the talent of Chris Phelps as its new winemaker. Chris has had an illustrious career in the wine industry, first as winemaker at Dominus for twelve years and at Caymus Vineyards for six years. His wines are more refined and sophisticated than ever, yet they remain delightfully accessible and approachable — the perfect embodiment of our trademark decadence with a wink.
In retrospect, the decision to produce Merlot in 1985, in Oakville (Cabernet Sauvignon country!), was the first pivotal move that enabled us to establish a distinct identity as an innovator. It was this distinction that allowed us to continue on an unconventional path, producing lesser-known varietals such as petite sirah, sangiovese, and a rosato of syrah. Today, with 100 vineyard acres in the Oakville appellation, Swanson is committed to outstanding and sustainable vineyard practices that nurture merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio and other small lots of distinctive varietals.
|Winemaker: Chris Phelps|