Fantesca Estate & Winery

Fantesca Estate & Winery
2920 Spring Mountain Rd
St Helena, CA  94574

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Phone: 707.968.9229
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Private tours and tastings by appt, wines by allocation only, sustainable farming practices, scenic view, wine cave


The southeastern side of Spring Mountain where Fantesca Estate & Winery stands has a rich and compelling female heritage dating back more than 150 years. In 1860, the land was the dowry of Caroline Bale when she married Charles Krug, founder of the oldest winery in the Napa Valley. In 1889, a Cabernet Sauvignon from this area, crafted by pioneering female Winemaker, Hannah Weinberger, won one of the first awards for a wine from the Napa Valley. The legacy lives on today in Fantesca’s wines, crafted by world-renowned Winemaker Heidi Barrett.

Fantesca was founded by Susan and Duane Hoff in 2004 when they purchased a 53-acre parcel of land with 10 acres of vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Fully appreciating the land’s connection with strong women, they chose the name Fantesca after the saucy and brave female character in the popular sixteenth century Italian theatrical performances of commedia dell’arte.

The winery produces only 3,000 cases of wine per year, and the wines are available by allocation only. Besides an estate Cabernet Sauvignon, a Pinot Noir, and a red blend called All Great Things, the Fantesca Estate portfolio boasts the only Chardonnay currently crafted by Heidi, who has received numerous 100- point scores from Robert Parker, Jr.

Despite the notoriety, Fantesca Estate & Winery is dedicated to providing an unpretentious experience for its collectors. Private visits are arranged by advance appointment to ensure that every guest gets a true sense of what it’s like to be a Fantesca collector. Guests enjoy a leisurely stroll to a deck overlooking the estate vineyards, a visit to the cave—rumored to be an abandoned silver mine—a sample of Pinot Noir from a barrel, and a sit-down tasting of the current release wines in the private tasting room. Becoming a collector is a must because the heritage and wines of Fantesca Estate & Winery deserve to be savored.

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T&T: As a leading winemaker in the Napa Valley with numerous 100-point scores from Robert Parker, Jr. under your belt, you must have countless opportunities to craft wines for top-tier wineries. Why Fantesca?

HB: I’m always looking for a new challenge in winemaking, and Fantesca offered me the chance to work with Spring Mountain fruit. The Spring Mountain District is really intriguing and challenging because it’s situated on the west side of the Napa Valley on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. I was excited when Susan and Duane first approached me, because I was interested in creating something new. The vineyard’s location tends to be cool and shady in the afternoon and throughout the day, there are pockets of shade and sun. The vineyard’s terraced section, planted to Cabernet, is never quick to ripen, so it’s challenging to make great wine no matter the vintage. I feel fortunate that the Hoffs put full faith in me and I don’t take that lightly.

T&T: We understand that your only Chardonnay is the Russian River Valley Chardonnay you craft for Fantesca. What can you tell us about this wine?

HB: It’s sourced from three different vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The flavors are very pure. The wine is tank fermented and aged in some new but mostly used French oak barrels. This Chardonnay is very fruity with a touch of oak, well balanced, and very food-friendly. This is not a heavy handed, malolactic buttery Chardonnay.

T&T: Fantesca’s estate Cabernet is your only Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. What are the specific characteristics of this vineyard, and how are they expressed in your wine?

HB: The Cab has the footprint of Spring Mountain and possesses aromas of Spring Mountain fruit with notes of cherry and dried herbs. Since it comes from the cooler side of the valley, the wine is softer overall, and elegant. At Fantesca, we also make a red blend called All Great Things. The fruit for this wine comes from other vineyards around the valley. I get to source any variety from any vineyard and experiment. It’s a bigger, richer wine, and it’s always exciting to make.

Fantesca Estate & Winery


Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No