Private Tasting & Tour Experience at AXR Napa Valley

If only these vines could talk, they would tell you stories of the old Napa Valley. The history of our estate is compounded in layers; rooted in historic tales of fierce Native American hunting grounds, wild west pioneers and the first woman vintner of California in 1886. It has changed hands over the course of 134 years to become a brewery, restaurant, inn, winery and saloon. Tales of love, lust, heartbreak, murders and great fortune create an imaginative backdrop to our present-day vision of AXR.

AXR is now a winery that pays homage to its history and blazes the trail of excitement and innovation in Napa Valley as the pioneers before us did. We want to be reminded every day to live fully and to leave a lasting impression on our layer of history. Named after the AxR rootstock (Aramond x Rupestris) that was so prominent in building the modern California wine industry, AxR#1 eventually succumbed to Phylloxera and most of California wine country was left as a blank canvas. Vintners now had a chance to replant and to rethink the entire structure of the vineyards; attention was paid to the terrior and unique varietals were researched. This was truly a turning point in the wine industry as we know it.

The AXR dream was started when four friends were sitting around a table, doing what you do with a glass of Napa Cabernet in your hand… sharing, dreaming, laughing, and occasionally sipping! The table was set with a bountiful California meal, in a room
filled with an intense passion for wine and a good story: this is where AXR Napa Valley was born. By utilizing modern and innovative techniques in the cellar, we extract the uniqueness of Napa Valley’s soils into wines enjoyable now, or many years from now.

Our Consulting Winemaker, Jean Hoefliger, is an artisan inherently driven to push the envelope, continually challenging the cognizance of, not only winemaking, but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy, and a good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion are left unbound by conventional thinking. Whether in the vineyard, at the winery, home, or around the table with friends – old and new – Jean brings these pursuits alive with playful banter and endearing jokes. In his winemaking, the essence of these experiences is brought to life through a particular craft of winemaking: fundamentally balanced by his experiences in Bordeaux, now left unbridled on the frontier of Napa Valley, making AXR a delectable intersection between the past and future of wine.
The FAB 4, as we call them, are our three founders: Kelly Trevethan, Mark Schratz and Don Van Laeken, as well as our consulting winemaker, Jean Hoefliger. This group of unassuming romantics believes in paying homage to the pioneers who had the vision, planted the vines, and grew the Napa Valley lifestyle. Our team is looking forward to engaging with new people, telling a joke or two, and sharing great wine!

Tasting Fee:
$50 per person
90 minutes

Requirements & Conditions:
AXR Napa Valley is open for private tours and tastings seven days a week with experiences booked on the hour. To learn about our wines or our cellar club, visit us at or contact the winery at 707-302-8181.

3199 St Helena Hwy N.
St. Helena, CA 94574