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The Short Version: Tres Sabores is a woman-run winery and vineyard in Napa Valley. Winemaker and owner Julie Johnson has created a beautiful space for conversation and romance nourished by delicious wines and food pairings. For over 30 years, the vineyard has hosted bachelorette parties, proposals, anniversary dates, and other relationship milestones. Couples can visit the winery to sample wines, explore the gardens, and enjoy cheese and charcuterie platters at the vineyard’s outdoor tables.
In 1987, Julie Johnson purchased the 35 ranch, which is located in St. Helena at the base of the
Julie obtained an organic certification for her vineyard in 1991, making her the first grape grower in the Napa Valley to do so. Her founding mission has been to farm her entire ranch organically and sustainably. She makes her own compost with manure from the chickens, sheep, and goats that live on the ranch, and every year at harvest the leftover grape skins get thrown in too.
Julie has over 15 varieties of pomegranate trees planted around her property along with Meyer Lemon trees and a grove of olive trees that date back to the 1880s. The olive trees are cathedral in size. They offer a beautiful sight right next to the vineyard. “You’re not behind any glass walls. The experience is deep and personal here. We can offer a little more intimacy,” said Julie.
A visit to the ranch consists of so much more than just a wine tasting. Guests are invited to tour the property, sample the fruits of the organic gardens, and feed the animals. Reservations are necessary for a special event.
From the beginning, Julie said she wanted to attract women to her vineyard. In past decades, and even to some extent today, the wine industry has operated as a men’s club, and women have had marginal voices in the space. As a Founder of Women for Wine Sense, Julie has supported and inspired many female winemakers and wine industry entrepreneurs.
Today, Julie invites all women to become wine aficionados and sample the fruits of her labors at the winery.
Many women choose to celebrate their relationships by hosting their bachelorette parties on the vineyard’s property. Brides-to-be of all ages gravitate towards Tres Sabores because of its beauty and commitme nt to nature.
“Everybody here has a good sense of healing. It happens that all of our hosts right now are women. That isn’t always the case,” Julie said.
If a maid of honor wants to host a bachelorette party at the vineyard, she should call first to make a reservation for the group.
The Tres Sabores team will pick bouquets of flowers and prepare small bites for special occasions like engagements and bachelorette parties. Groups of friends or couples in a relationship can order lunches prepared by local restaurants and caterers to be delivered to the vineyard.
Julie shared a story about a bachelorette party for a group of friends who didn’t see each other often because they were scattered across the country. They came together at Tres Sabores to create lifelong memories.
“These parties are often the first time people have gotten together for some time. It’s not just a celebration of the bride, but a celebration of girl time,” Julie told us.
Couples and groups go to Tres Sabores for date nights and relationship celebrations. They can enjoy wine and food pairings on the property, and they can bring the fun home with them. Adults over 21 can order wines online from the winery to be delivered to their homes, and local Napa chefs have recommended dinner and appetizer recipes that will go best with each wine.
Pairing a Napa Valley wine with a scrumptious cheese plate can be a great way to enjoy a date with a significant other or celebrate one of life’s milestones. It’s no wonder that many people have booked a reservation at Tres Sabores for everything from proposals to bachelorette parties to anniversary dinners.
“If we know it’s a bachelorette party, we try to have the host with the most. We try to have some fun with them. Women know how to celebrate with each other,” Julie told us.
The Tres Sabores team welcomes bachelorette parties and other relationship celebrations to the winery and vineyard.
This goes back to the founding spirit of the winery because one of the connotations of Tres Sabores, which means “three flavors” in Spanish, is good company.
“I guarantee they will have a better time drinking that glass of wine because there’s such good company around them,” Julie told us.
The friendly community atmosphere is the first flavor, the wine varietals are the second flavor, and the third flavor is the “Terroir” — the region where the grapes are planted. Napa Valley is known for its rich soil, which produces some of the most flavorful wines in the world. Come and try it with a date!
Once COVID-19 restrictions eased in 2021, Tres Sabores started seeing couples and groups returning to the vineyards to celebrate their relationships in a beautiful setting.
Julie told us a story about a group who recently returned to the vineyard for a party. A now-married couple met and proposed there and brought their friends — and their children — to check out the spot.
“That’s the kind of relationship we love to have with our guests,” Julie said.
She is also excited to welcome new guests. She suggests new and returning visitors tour her gardens, which overflow with fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the spring and summer. Many people return year after year for the sensory wake-up tasting, which involves smelling and tasting different mints or basils as well as smelling different roses.
“They can taste several wines that I make, as well as spending time in the garden,” Julie told us.
Julie said she hasn’t been able to host a fall party since the pandemic, but she looks forward to doing so. Every October, Tres Sabores hosts its biggest gathering, the Pomegranate and Paella Party. In addition to sharing wines, the vineyard grows pomegranates and lemons on the property. At the party, guests taste the different pomegranate varieties from around the ranch and sample pomegranate-centered beverages and foods from pomegranate mimosas to sorbet.
Julie moved to Tres Sabores more than 30 years ago when she was in her 20s. Since then, she has seen the property grow and expand. Over the years, she has maintained a good reputation for welcoming guests and sharing her wines with them.
“I have a lot to share about how lovely it is to celebrate nature,” she told us.