Swanson Vineyards

Swanson Vineyards was founded in 1985 by W. Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson and is known for nationally distributing Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Alexis Ca

About the winery
Our original wine facility was purchased in 1986, then renovated and expanded in 2000. Since then, we have been offering limited seated tastings in our Salon. The Swanson Vineyards’ Salon was modeled after a Parisian salon of the mid 1800’s, where handfuls of diverse and fascinating callers were graciously entertained with sinful libations. Inspired by old-fashioned ways of elegant living and conversation – we want each guest to feel as though they are coming to a party held in their honor.

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Napa Valley

Opening Hours
Monday: 10:30 - 16:30Tuesday: 10:30 - 16:30Wednesday: 10:30 - 16:30Thursday: 10:30 - 16:30Friday: 10:30 - 16:30Saturday: 10:30 - 16:30Sunday: 10:30 - 16:30
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
Children friendly
Napa Valley
Wines produced
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Tardif
History & Geography
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, our founder Clarke Swanson is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a MS in Journalism from Columbia University. During his studies at Stanford, Clarke became acquainted with Napa during weekend visits; it was during this time that Clarke decided he wanted to own a vineyard one day. In 1969, Clarke married Elizabeth Pipes, a seventh generation New Orleanian who grew up in the Crescent City. After they married, they settled in Naples Florida and would frequent the Napa Valley during business trips. 1985, Clarke purchased his Oakville property that continues to be his and Elizabeth’s home. 9. Newly appointed lead winemaker, Robin Akhurst, joined Swanson Vineyards in early 2015 after globetrotting for eight consecutive harvests. Boasting an impressive list of mentors and an even more impressive resume, Robin continues to carry out our commitment to making wines with great nuance and character. A native of Scotland, Robin’s studies took him across the world t
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