If there’s a word that describes why the Trefethen
family is on its third thriving
generation in the Napa Valley wine world, that word is passion. It started with the winery's pioneering founders, Eugene and Catherine. It continued with their son, John, and his wife, Janet, whose winemaking prowess brought reputation-making accolades. Now their children, Loren and Hailey, are eagerly entering the family business. That passion doesn’t stop at the vineyard; it’s long been how wine, art, and food all intertwine at Trefethen. 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 Trefethens vaunted cellar vaults, promises to wow.