THE PEOPLE OF FRANCISCAN ESTATE
THE PEDIGREE OF DEVOTION
Creating the perfect glass of wine in every vintage is no small task, yet this is exactly what the winemaking team at Franciscan Estate strives to do every year. It requires a team of individuals skilled in the art of fine winemaking, dedicated to the details and nuances of the craft, with a pioneering spirit of innovation to capturing the supreme expression of the land. They are confidently continuing and adding to Franciscan Estates impressive lineage.
Founded in 1973, the Franciscan Winery was purchased by wine industry revolutionary Justin Meyer in 1975. He shaped the wineries beginnings and in 1975 crafted and released a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon using Oakville estate fruit for the first time. This release established the Franciscan style based on making wine in small lots, then blending them together to achieve the greatest character.
Recognizing that the world’s finest wines are blends, in 1985 Franciscan introduced Magnificat. Under vintner Agustin Huneeus, this proprietary blend of Bordeaux varietals spearheaded the popular Meritage class of wines. Two years later, Franciscan made another dramatic impact on the world of wine when winemaker Greg Upton created Cuvée Sauvage, the first Napa Valley Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast.
Janet Myers joined Franciscan in 2003, and was appointed Director of Winemaking in August 2005. Since then she has been extending the Franciscan prestige by more deeply exploring and perfecting the layers of intensity and richness that the estate fruit has to offer. Janet created Stylus, our signature reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – a fresh, modern approach to this well-known varietal. The addition of these varietals has grown our wine offerings and provided the opportunity to more fully experience the expression of our estate. When you enjoy Franciscan Estate wines, you taste the pedigree of devotion.