Beringer Vineyards is one of the most storied wineries in the Napa Valley. Located at Highway 29’s Elm Tunnel, the vineyard recently celebrated its first annual Founders Day. This year marked Beringer Vineyards’ 140th anniversary. Well over 600 wine aficionados showed up to the lavish party that took place on April 24.
The Beringer Vineyards’ 140th anniversary party featured an array of Beringer wines, music, historical presentations and even tours of the famous vineyards. It all kicked off with a morning hike through Beringer Vineyards. Party-goers then enjoyed a tour of the Rhine House mansion with a special focus on its unique 1880s stained glass windows. The event transitioned to a tasting of the Beringer Vineyards’ 2013 vintage, led by Mark Beringer. Mark is the great-great-grandson of the vineyards’ founder, Jacob Beringer.
Wine lovers sipped away while enjoying the tunes of Whiskey & Honey & Bocce. Later in the afternoon, party attendees enjoyed a speech from St. Helena Society’s Mariam Hansen. She spoke about Beringer Vineyards’ history, with a special focus on Fritz and Jacob Beringer, both of whom emigrated to California from Germany in the mid-19th century. Hansen spoke about the property’s Rhine House at length. Designed by Albert Schroepfer, it is the estate’s signature symbol. His architectural designs are considered to be the defining structures of Napa Valley vineyards. According to Hansen, the Rhine House had such an elaborate design that it took nearly two years to erect.
After Hansen’s speech, party-goers enjoyed vineyard hikes, tours, wine tastings and small talk. The 140th anniversary celebration was capped off with a tasting in the property’s library. Guests enjoyed six unique vintages of Beringer Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines were from each of the past four decades, from 1980 to 2010.
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