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1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford, CA 94573, United States

After helping his father and brother develop Swanson Family frozen dinners in the 1950’s, W. Clarke Swanson created this winery in 1985, purchasing 100 acres of land in Oakville. Together with winemaker Chris Phelps, Swanson continues to produce some of California’s most respected Merlots. The Sip Shoppe is open by appointment only, and serves wine and food pairings, such as caviar and Pinot Grigio. The more formal Salon has openings for group tastings three times during the day, with a maximum of eight people at each.

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Swanson Vineyards

After helping his father and brother develop Swanson Family frozen dinners in the 1950’s, W. Clarke Swanson created this winery in 1985, purchasing 100 acres of land in Oakville. Together with winemaker Chris Phelps, Swanson continues to produce some of California’s most respected Merlots. The Sip Shoppe is open by appointment only, and serves wine and food pairings, such as caviar and Pinot Grigio. The more formal Salon has openings for group tastings three times during the day, with a maximum of eight people at each.