If there’s a word that describes why the Trefethen
family is on its third thriving generation in the Napa Valley wine world, it’s passion: From the winery’s pioneering founders, Eugene and Catherine; to their son, John, whose winemaking prowess brought reputation-making accolades, and his wife, Janet; to their children, Loren and Hailey, now eagerly entering the family business. That passion doesn’t stop at the vineyard; its long been how wine, art, and food all intertwine here. And as to the latter, that’s Janet’s specialty—and a special part of this Vintner’s Luncheon.
In 1973, Janet, her mother-in-law, Catherine, and a group of female vintners pioneered the promotion of wine with food by creating the groundbreaking Napa Valley Cooking Class. They designed a special space at Trefethen to host the courses: The Villeta. Situated poolside at The Villeta—which, over the years has presented luminaries such as Jeremiah Tower and Wolfgang Puck—today’s multicourse luncheon, paired with a selection of legendary treasures pulled from Trefethen’s vaunted cellar vaults, promises to wow.