Corison Winery

It’s Winery Wednesday!

Today our winery tour brings us to…

Corison Winery

Corison Winery logo

Corison Winery was like no other winery we visited on this trip.  It is small quaint and family owned, it definitely has that welcoming feeling.  Just like you are walking into a good friends home.  Cathy Corison, the proprietor, is one of the first women winemakers in Napa Valley.  The winery is located in a replica Victorian barn that was designed by Cathy’s husband, William Martin.  William, runs the day to day operations of the winery.

Corison produces two artisanal hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignons.  The 2011 harvest marks Cathy’s 25th year of making wine at Corison.

Their tastings are intimate and located at casual tables right next to the stacks of wine barrels in the tasting room.  Included in your tasting is a guided tour of the winery and the goings-on in and around the winery, including a few interesting stories.  The experience last between 45 and 60 minutes.

Corison Winery stacked barrels

Corison Winery intimate tasting

 Their patio area is just stunning, with a rustic picnic table and a few well place adirondack chairs and patio umbrellas, the view of the vineyard takes your breath away.  I could have sat there for hours and hours.

Corison Winery picnic table

Corison Winery view

 I fell in love with this somewhat hidden swing, located in front of the winery.  I could imagine Handsome and I swinging a Sunday afternoon away with a bottle of Corison Cabernet.

Corison Winery swing

There are also a couple of adirondack chairs in front of the Victorian inspired barn.Corison Winery chairs

 You don’t want to miss this unique experience.  Go ahead a make an appointment for your glimpse into the Corison family business the next time you are in the Napa Valley.  You won’t be disappointed, and you will be making some new friends.

Corison Winery corks, Napa Valley

Corison Winery

987 St. Helena Highway, Saint Helena, CA 94574


**Wine tasting is by appointment only.

Corison Winery sign


  1. Roz Warren says:

    This looks fabulous. Do you happen to know if it’s dog friendly? I love visiting wineries when I fly out to visit the kids in California, but our preference is for wineries that welcome a well-behaved Bichon Frise.

  2. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    I have a thing about swings and special spots for sitting, so I can imagine I’d love the swing above. One thing that struck me about this winery (compared to others you’ve shared) is how clean and new the wine barrels seem. Seems a CLEAN place… and I like clean! 😀

  3. Nicole says:

    I’ve never been to the Napa Valley but would love to make it out there one day. Your photos make this place look so beautiful and relaxing. 🙂 I’m sure the wine was excellent too.

  4. Cathy Chester says:

    What a magnificent view. I think one of my 9 lives has to be owning/running a vineyard, because I feel a true kinship to them. Ah, to drink good wine is so heavenly. Thanks for letting me follow you along! Beautifully stunning.

  5. Angela Weight says:

    Oh man, I love, love, love St. Helena and the wine country in CA. That’s one of the areas I miss the most about living out there. Thanks for giving me a taste of this winery treat. Maybe I’ll get to visit next time I’m out there.

  6. virginia sullivan says:

    What a beautiful place. If you liked that, you may like Larson Family Vineyards in Sonoma. It’s similar and I’ve been known to take a picnic lunch and sit out all day playing bocce ball. Great post! Virginia- FirstClassWoman

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