Joseph Phelps Vineyards was founded in 1973 by its namesake, a successful construction executive whose early interest in wine led him to establish vineyards on a 670-acre former cattle ranch near the Silverado Trail on the east side of Napa Valley, not far from the town of St. Helena.
Over the next 42 years, Joe became one of the most respected figures in the California wine industry, building Joseph Phelps Vineyards into a critically acclaimed estate known for its iconic wines and unwavering commitment to quality. Today, successive generations of the Phelps family extend Joe’s legacy, farming just over 400 acres of vines in Napa Valley on nine estate vineyards, and 100 acres near the town of Freestone on the western Sonoma Coast.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces a wide range of exceptional wines but is arguably best known for its legendary flagship offering, Insignia - California’s first propriety red Bordeaux-style blend, first produced by Joe in 1974. His idea - to blend the finest wine lots of the vintage into one bottling - was revolutionary for its time, though it was a model quickly adopted by other prominent Napa Valley producers. The wine brought recognition not only to Joseph Phelps Vineyards, but ultimately to Napa Valley as a whole.