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Freemark Abbey's Ted Edwards and Barry Dodds

At the Freemark Abbey’s grand reopening last July, legendary Director of Winemaking Ted Edwards, left, and Brand Ambassador Barry Dodds tip their glasses in celebration of the restoration of one of Napa Valley’s historic wineries.

St. Helena’s alphabet soup: F is for Freemark Abbey

From A for Ana’s Cantina to Z for ZD Wines, there is an alphabet soup of discovery in St. Helena. Each week, we’ll add another letter to the alphabet.

F is for Freemark Abbey, which traces its roots to 1886, when Josephine Tychson built and operated the first redwood cellar on the property, becoming the first woman winemaker in California. The stone building seen today was built in 1939, and today Freemark Abbey produces cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and riesling, as well as very limited production wines, such as Viognier, petite sirah, sangiovese, and cabernet franc. Depending on conditions, the winery sometimes makes a late harvest riesling known as “Edelwein Gold.”

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