Napa Valley, CA – The Prisoner Wine Company, known for its defiantly different wine blends, has been chosen as a finalist for Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Winery Experience of the Year Wine Star Award. Developed by Wine Enthusiast publisher Adam Strum and the magazine’s editors, the globally significant Wine Star Awards honor individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the beverage and hospitality industries. Ranked among world-class properties, including Australia’s d’Arenberg, South Africa’s Delaire Graff Estate, Chile’s Viña Vik and Spain’s Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, The Prisoner Wine Company’s newly opened tasting lounge in Napa Valley is recognized for its thought-provoking consumer experiences. The winner will be announced on Wine Enthusiast’s website on October 31 and featured in the special December 31 “Best of Year” issue and honorees will receive their Wine Star Award trophies at the 20th anniversary awards gala in January 2020.
“We’re honored to be recognized by Wine Enthusiast through this nomination,” says Deja Harrington, Direct to Consumer and Hospitality Director. “Our mission at The Prisoner Wine Company tasting lounge is to bring the wines to life through meaningful, immersive and unexpected experiences for our guests, in a setting unparalleled in Napa Valley.”
First released nearly two decades ago, The Prisoner, a red blend unbound from the shackles of traditional winemaking, emerged in its first vintage as a force that quickly and permanently changed Americans’ perceptions about California wine. Today, The Prisoner Wine Company is redefining the traditional winery tasting experience with its first-ever property on Napa Valley’s famed Highway 29. The tasting lounge offers an innovative and elevated experience through its array of wine tastings options, sensory garden and The Makery. Designed by architect Matt Hollis and interior designer Richard von Saal, the destination is set apart by its 57-feet long vaulted cathedral glass ceiling, reclaimed wood fixtures from the original Bay Bridge and custom furnishings reimagined from various origins. The property showcases The Prisoner Wine Company’s core portfolio of intriguing blends, as well as a selection of winery-exclusive offerings, including a sparkling wine, Chenin Blanc and Charbono. The property is located at 1178 Galleron Rd, St Helena, CA 94574.
For more information about The Prisoner Wine Company, visit www.theprisonerwinecompany.com.
About The Prisoner Wine Company
First produced by winemaker Dave Phinney, The Prisoner was quickly recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the most innovative Napa Valley wines in the market, leading the resurgence of California red blends and earning “cult” wine status. Today, unbound by traditional blends or appellation restrictions, Director of Winemaking Chrissy Wittmann and her team work with over 100 growers, bringing together exceptional fruit to produce a family of bold and intriguing wines, including The Prisoner, a red blend; Blindfold, a white blend; The Snitch, a Chardonnay; cuttings, a Cabernet Sauvignon; Saldo, a Zinfandel; Thorn, a Merlot; and Dérangé, a luxury red blend. For the tasting lounge and The Makery, Wittmann and her winemaking team have crafted new wines to be shared exclusively at the winery.