Napa Valley is known for its impressive views, delicious food, bold wines and unforgettable experiences. The recently opened, The Prisoner Wine Company, combines everything you think of when you think Napa Valley and presents it in a new and contemporary setting.
The Prisoner Wine Company is located on Highway 29 just south of St. Helena. The space was inspired by the work of artist Francisco de Goya, which is depicted on the wine label. SF architect Matt Hollis and Napa artist and designer Richard Von Saal worked together to create a space that feels like you have walked into a “refurbished industrial” space. The dark colos, with pops of red, are the perfect backdrop to taste Prisoner’s cult favorite wines.
The Prisoner Wine Company was started by winemaker Dave Phinney with an inaugural vintage of 2,000 cases. The wines were immediately sought after by both wine collectors and wine novices alike. Purchased by Constellation Brands in 2016 the brand now produces 85,000 cases a year and focuses on not just the famous Prisoner Red Blend but also on high end Cabernet Sauvignon and interesting varieties such as Charbono and Chenin Blanc.
The Makery is something totally unique to Prisoner. The Makery is made of several tiny rooms each featuring different artists creations. The Makery is open to visitors who choose The Makery Experience, as well as to club members at certain times. You are sure to find something unique each time you visit, as the artists are always rotating and changing. One of the most interesting and unique pieces in The Makery is Ash Dancer, by artist Angelio Batle, based in San Francisco. The graphite skeleton, which lies horizontally on a table with paper below it, vibrates creating a unique sketch each time it is turned on.
The Line Up Tasting
Relax in the Lounge and enjoy a tasting free from pomp and circumstance. Whether you are looking for an introduction to The Prisoner Wine Company collection or you are a long time fan “The Line Up Tasting” is a great way to experience four wines and get a feel for the uniqueness of The Prisoner Wine Company.
$45 per person
The Makery Experience
Offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The Makery Experience: Wine & Food Pairing is unlike any thing else in Napa Valley. The Makery Experience combines wine and creative passion to bring you the perfect private tasting experience. The culinary flavors are expertly curated by winery chef, Brett Young, each season to beautifully show what each wine has to offer.
$125 per person
Make sure to visit The Prisoner Wine Company the next time you are visiting Napa Valley.