Imagine stepping into a world where every sip unravels a story that transports you to the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand’s wine country, offering an experience that is as refined as it is alluring. Picture yourself in a realm where tradition meets excellence, where each wine showcases meticulous craftsmanship that lingers with you long after the last drop has been savored. Such is the world of AXR Wines—the very essence of taste and sophistication.
Allow us to be your guide as we embark on an enchanting journey, where the delicate intertwining of the vine and the grape produces a symphony of flavors and textures that will elevate your senses. Together, we will venture off the beaten path to unveil the rich history, passion, and devotion that lies behind every bottle of AXR Wines. So, raise your glass and join us as we toast to the exquisite world of AXR Wines—a world where each sip is truly a discovery.
1. Introduction to AXR Napa Valley
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, AXR Winery is a captivating union of four passionate individuals – Jean Hoefliger, Don Van Laeken, Kelly Trevethan, and Mark Schratz. Known as the ‘Fab 4’, these visionaries have crafted exquisitely balanced wines that reflect Napa’s unique character and terroir. Founded on the principles of heritage, innovation, and blend of European and American roots, AXR Winery pays homage to the historic AXR rootstock, which played a vital role in California’s modern wine industry.
At their beautiful estate in St. Helena, the AXR team works in harmony, creating sophisticated wines that showcase both valley floor and hillside vineyards. From the legendary To Kalon Vineyard to the enchanting V Madrone estate, AXR’s wines are a true testament to the diverse microclimates and soils of Napa Valley.
2. Private Tasting Offerings
Discover the exceptional world of private tastings at AXR Napa Valley, where one can indulge in an extraordinary journey through the acclaimed wines crafted by Winemaker/Partner Jean Hoefliger. Two exclusive offerings, AXR Signature Tour & Tasting, and Futures of AXR Tasting, guarantee an unforgettable experience for wine aficionados.
The Signature Tour & Tasting starts with a stroll through the historic estate, nestled in the heart of St. Helena, where guests savor the newest release of white wine, followed by a private seated tasting of current release red wines. For those who want to embark on a deeper exploration, the Futures of AXR Tasting offers a rare opportunity to sample a line-up of single vineyard Chardonnay and three single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon directly from the barrel, each crafted to capture the distinctive essence of their unique terroir.
In both of these captivating experiences, AXR Napa Valley warmly welcomes groups of up to 8, to share in the sophisticated and friendly ambiance characteristic of this celebrated estate. For larger groups or specific booking needs, get in touch with their dedicated team who will gladly accommodate.
3. Signature Tour & Tasting
Discover the Essence of AXR Wines
Embark on a remarkable journey through the world of AXR Wines with their Signature Tour & Tasting experience. Located in the heart of St. Helena, the historic AXR estate offers a private, down-home experience for wine enthusiasts, complete with tastings of their handcrafted wines by Winemaker/Partner Jean Hoefliger.
Savor Napa Valley’s Finest
The AXR Signature Tour & Tasting begins with their newest release of white wine, accompanied by a tour of the beautiful estate and its majestic redwood grove. Guests will then be led to a private seated tasting, where they can indulge in the delightful flavors of AXR’s current release red wines.
Explore and Enjoy
With a maximum capacity of 8 guests, the AXR Signature Tour & Tasting experience ensures an intimate and luxurious exploration of Napa Valley’s rich wine heritage. For larger groups, simply contact the AXR team for availability and pricing options. Don’t miss out on this enchanting journey into the exquisite world of AXR wines, a true testament to taste and sophistication.
4. Futures of AXR Tasting
Discover the incredible experience of AXR Tasting, an exclusive opportunity to explore the future of AXR Napa Valley wines. Embark on a journey where taste and sophistication merge to create a truly unforgettable experience. The AXR Tasting allows participants to sample the finest wines from AXR’s impressive collection, offering a glimpse into the exceptional offerings that await.
Indulge your senses with an array of AXR’s remarkable wines, which are a product of careful crafting and dedication to quality. The experience of AXR Tasting showcases the vineyards’ passion for producing elegant and balanced expressions of nature’s bounty, as well as a keen focus on innovation.
AXR Tasting is a celebration of Napa Valley’s rich viticultural history, combined with a refreshing modern approach to winemaking. With each sip of these remarkable wines, you’ll be transported to a world where the essence of terroir is perfectly translated into every bottle. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this unique exploration of taste and sophistication with the Futures of AXR Tasting.
5. Estate Location & Directions
Nestled in the heart of St. Helena lies the historic AXR Napa Valley Estate, a true gem awaiting discovery by wine enthusiasts. The estate boasts a pre-prohibition site where visitors can indulge in an intimate, private tasting experience of wines handcrafted by renowned Winemaker and Partner, Jean Hoefliger.
To reach this exquisite location, travel north on Silverado Trail from St. Helena or points south. Continue for about 2.8 miles past the four-way stop sign (Deer Park Road) and turn left at Bale Lane. Proceed for 0.7 miles to Highway 29, then turn left and travel for 1.4 miles south until you arrive at the second set of pillars after the red sign. The estate will be on your right, with the tasting room easily accessible following the signs.
For those traveling south on Highway 29, continue for 6.0 miles past Bale Lane and remember that if you encounter Brasswood or Freemark Abbey, you’ve gone too far south. If you experience any difficulty finding the estate, feel free to call them at (707) 302-8181 for guidance.
6. Big Bold Aromas & Tastes
Discover the world of AXR Wines, where sophistication and exquisite taste await. Immerse yourself in the unique terroir of Napa Valley, where a blend of diverse vineyards and soil types come together to create remarkable wines brimming with big, bold aromas and flavors.
Venture into the west Yountville vineyard, inspired by the distinctive foothills that overlook the property. Here, the wines showcase the finesse and elegance of bright red fruits, brought to life by a fresh, bright acidity. Continue your journey into the heart of Oakville, where three blocks come together in perfect harmony – with dense textures, elegant minerality, and a beautiful balance.
Explore the legendary To Kalon vineyard, renowned for producing wines with granular tannins and unparalleled structure. Next, allow yourself to be enchanted by V Madrone, AXR’s estate vineyard, nestled against the Mayacamas mountain range. Here, an array of spice and fruit flavor profiles are woven together with delightful acidity and balance.
Finally, embark on a sensory adventure with Artalade, a blend of structure, force, and charm. Let the volcanic soil provide the frame, while the lushness and depth of the wine work their magic on your palate.
In the world of AXR Wines, every sip is an adventure, a journey into taste and sophistication that will leave you craving for more.
7. Sustainable & Easy to Drink Wines
Embracing sustainability and offering easy-to-drink wines, AXR Napa Valley takes pride in their dedication to both the environment and their customers. Their vineyards are meticulously cared for, ensuring that the wines produced are not only delicious but also environmentally responsible. The winery’s commitment to sustainability is evident through their thoughtful wine production techniques and eco-friendly practices.
One of the standout features of AXR wines is how easy to drink they are. Their diverse range of expertly crafted wines caters to both wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. Featuring beautiful notes of fruit, spices, and acidity, each bottle of AXR wine exudes elegance and balance. Their offerings range from aromatic Sauvignon Blancs to velvety Pinot Noirs, ensuring there is something for every palate.
Whether you’re enjoying a glass of AXR wine with a meal or indulging in a casual tasting session, the sustainable and easy-to-drink nature of these wines is truly delightful. With a focus on environmental responsibility and crafting sophisticated wine experiences, AXR Napa Valley has created a remarkable portfolio that is sure to impress all who have the pleasure of tasting their wines.